One Vote Democratic Victory Margin Eliminated; Virginia House Race Now Tied

Voters look over their ballots at a fire station while a crew leaves on an emergency call during the U.S. presidential election in Arlington Virginia U.S

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.

Now the 94th House District is tied.

In the event of a Simonds victory, a power sharing agreement could be reached that will allow Democrats to pass legislation they want on health care and other issues.

The day after a recount appeared to make Democrat Shelly Simonds the victor in the race, by one vote over Republican David Yancey - and split control of the Virginia House of Delegates, ending GOP control of the chamber after almost 20 years - a circuit court ruling set the vote as tied.

As the nation closely watches a nail-biting recount and subsequent challenge and tie in a Virginia election, it's worth noting that election ties, particularly at local levels, do happen every once in a while ― and in most states, ties are broken in the same way Virginia's will be: by tossing a coin, drawing straws or another game of sheer luck.




Of the 23,866 votes cast in the Newport News district on Election Day, Yancey held a tenuous lead of just 10 votes going into Tuesday's recount. It also was a textbook lesson, in an age of fights over access to the voting booth, that every ballot matters. In fact, today a three-judge panel declined to certify Simonds win and instead ruled that a previously discarded ballot should be counted for Yancey.

He said the ballot in question contained a mark for Democrat Shelly Simonds as well as a mark for Republican Del. A survey of states in 2014 by The Washington Post found that 35 had provisions for breaking ties by means of chance, though often the particulars are vague.

The Virginia Department of Elections said Wednesday that it was still waiting for a final order from the circuit court before proceeding on how to determine a victor.

Meanwhile, a recount is scheduled to begin Thursday in the 28th District race covering parts of Fredericksburg and Stafford County. At this time, the matter is still with the recount court.

A coin flip could decide the balance of power in the Virginia state legislature following a topsy-turvy race which is tied after a dramatic vote recount. And all because of one vote - and one voter. Drawing lots is a insane way to choose a representative.

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