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Virginia Officials Reschedule Drawing for Tied State House Race

Virginia Officials Reschedule Drawing for Tied State House Race

Shelly Simonds. (Rob Ostermaier/The Daily Press via AP)

By    |   Saturday, 30 December 2017 04:40 PM

Officials in Virginia have scheduled a drawing to determine the winner of a tied race for Virginia's House of Delegates for next week, after the original drawing was postponed when a legal challenge was filed to dispute the tie.

According to an email sent on Saturday from the State Board of Elections, the drawing will take place on Jan. 4, a little over one week after the original drawing date of Dec. 27, reports The Hill. The drawing will also determine which party will control the state House.

The race, pitting Democratic candidate Shelly Simonds against Republican incumbent Delegate David Yancey brought national attention after a recount that was triggered by Yancey's win by 10 votes showed Simonds instead won by a single vote.

However, a three-judge panel ruled that one ballot that had not been counted during the recount should go to Yancey. The bubbles for both candidates had been filled in, but Simonds' bubble had a line drawn through it as well, casting doubt over which candidate the voter had wanted.

The vote totals stand at 11,608 for each of the candidates.

During Thursday's event, the candidates' names will be put on slips of paper and then inside film canisters and pulled from a bowl by an elections official. 

If Simonds wins, it will mean the state House will be evenly divided.

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Officials in Virginia have scheduled a drawing to determine the winner of a tied race for Virginia's House of Delegates for next week, after the original drawing of lots was postponed when a legal challenge was filed to dispute the tie.
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