Court Rules Extra GOP Vote Counts, HOD-94 Now Tied
Court Rules Extra GOP Vote Counts, HOD-94 Now Tied
A recount just knocked Virginia's statehouse out of Republicans' hands — by a single vote
22 December, 2017, 00:59
Ms. Simonds's representative argued before the judges that the disputed ballot should not be counted because it was an example of an "overvote", when multiple candidates for the same race are chosen.
The two candidates in the 94th District, which includes Newport News in southeastern Virginia, are now tied at 11,608 votes. On Tuesday Virginia's 94th House District went through their recount and Republican DavidYanceylost by one vote to Democrat Shelly Simonds.
Republican leaders in Virginia penned a statement saying they are "ready to establish a bipartisan framework under which the House can operate efficiently and effectively over the next two years".
The ballot in question contained a mark for Democrat ShellySimonds as well as a mark for Republican Del. "This morning, the Republican official wrote a letter to the recount court explaining that he made the wrong decision yesterday, and that he believes the ballot should count for Delegate Yancey". As we all know, the recount process will not address the real problems with disenfranchisement of voters in the HD 28 election on November 7, so in addition to the ongoing developments in Newport News, there will be more to come in Stafford County and Fredericksburg between tomorrow and the beginning of the 2018 General Assembly session. In a more recent example, two opponents in a 2015 MS state congressional race tied ― and broke their tie by drawing straws. It also was a textbook lesson, in an age of fights over access to the voting booth, that every ballot matters.
Willard Hoskins, 78, a Republican-leaning voter in the district, said he had voted for Mr. Yancey, never expecting how close the race would become.
"The court declares there is no victor in this election", said Newport News Circuit Court Judge Bryant L. Sugg, after the judges deliberated for more than two hours. At this time, the matter is still with the recount court.
With the race tied, the State Board of Elections apparently will determine "by lot" which candidate will fill the seat, according to state law. Will there be a coin toss?
But five hours and much nailbiting later, after painstaking counting overseen by local elections officials and the clerk of court, Yancey's lead narrowed before it gradually disappeared and then reversed, allowing Simonds to beat him by one vote. Drawing lots is a insane way to choose a representative.
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