Virginia legislative election come down to a tape, court rules

The race between David Yancey and Shelly Simonds came down to a draw.

The Virginia legislative election margin of victory just went from one to none.

A court has now declared, a Band in the hard-fought race, the day before the way seemed to be to a democratic, by a single voice, only the latest dramatic turn in a dispute, probably the control of the state house to decide.

A three-judge panel certified to the 94. The district in Newport News bound to give appeared to be on 11,608 11,608 on Wednesday, a day after a recount, Democrat Shelly Simonds of victory over Republican David Yancey.

Citing state election law, the Virginia Board of elections Chairman James Alcorn, the Board said, would have to pick up a winner randomly, probably picking a name out of a bowl.

In a statement, the Virginia house Democratic Caucus as the court’s decision “wrong,” and added, “We are currently examining all legal options in front of us and we fight for a just result.”

Can be reached by phone by The Associated Press, Yancey said he was “grateful that every vote was counted.” The Republicans, said that he is drafting legislation for the next session.

Simonds’ declined to comment about her husband, Paul Danehy. She was outspoken Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. She appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe show, and joked about the term “landslide Shelly.”

Yancey’s lawyers argued successfully Wednesday, a uncounted ballots should be included. Most pressing priority concerns of a GOP election official, the to tell the on Tuesday.


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The official wrote in a letter submitted to the court, he was “confused” about elections Board guidelines when he agreed to leave, the uncounted votes.

On the ballot question, the voters Republican candidates participated in a nationwide race. For the 94th district, the voters filled in the bubble for Yancey and the bladder for Simonds. But he or she also drew a slash through the bubble for Simonds.

Ezra Reese, a lawyer for Simonds, argues that under the guidelines, the vote should be uncounted, because it contained more than one type of extra-label.

Trevor Stanley, a lawyer for Yancey argues, that the slash in Simonds’ meant bubble clearly that the electorate was picking Yancey.

The judges decided in Yancey’s favor after two hours of deliberations. They denied a request of Simonds’ lawyers to submit a ballot from another precinct.

The results of the election likely to be partisans decide control of the house of delegates.


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If Yancey wins, the Republicans hold on to power by one seat, 51-49.

If Simonds wins, a rare power-sharing agreement would have mediated between the Democrats and Republicans. But if no agreement can be reached, renewed chaos could arise.

According to the Virginia law Los States that if two or more candidates have an equal number of votes, the state board of elections, the winner is “” – which means, literally, the candidate’s name on a piece of paper and randomly from a canister to draw from randomly. The loser of this method can demand a second recount.

“The State Board of elections public meeting to make a determination as decided by lot, after which the loser of an additional tell can demand,” – said in a statement from the house Republican leadership in Virginia. “As we have said consistently in this process, we are committed to an open, fair and honest election campaign, in which every legitimate vote is counted.”

Democrats in the Virginia state House said in a statement of their own, looking for you in the legal options.

“Today’s decision of the court was wrong, and Delegate-decide Shelly Simonds should be the winner,” attorney Marc Elias said were certified in a press release. “The Republicans had confirmed that this result was correct yesterday, before you change your mind today.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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