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Democrat in Virginia House race asks to delay breaking tie

27 December, 2017, 03:12 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • This image provided by the City of Newport News via The Virginian Pilot shows a copy of the ballot at the center of the recount dispute

A dramatic race for a seat in Virginia's House of Delegates took another turn Tuesday as the Virginia State Board of Elections postponed a lot draw to determine victor of a House of Delegates race.

The request was made just one day before a tiebreaker was set to take place to determine the race's victor.

A three-judge panel ruled last week that the ballot would be counted, bringing the race to a tie.

The postponement comes after lawyers representing Simonds filed a motion asking the board to delay the lot draw. They say in the letter that as long as a determination is made by January 10, when the legislative session begins, it shouldn't make a difference.

'On Wednesday the judges chose to allow my opponent to pull one vote and look at one vote, and that is not part of the recount process. No word yet on whether this will delay tomorrow's drawing.

James Alcorn, chair of the Virginia State Board of Elections Chair, told CNN the board is looking into the situation.

The race between Simonds and Republican Del.

But either way, the Democrats posted historic gains this year in the wake of Republican Donald Trump's stunning White House victory in 2016. The person voted for Republicans in other state elections.

Election officials in Newport News, Va., examined ballots that a computer failed to scan.

During the hearing, Republican lawyers argued the line through Simonds' bubble was meant to cross off her name and vote for Yancey.

The ballot shows the voter filled in the bubble for both Yancey and Simonds, but there was a line through the bubble for Simonds.

Yancey's attorneys argued that the ballot was clearly a vote for Yancey.

After about two hours, the panel of judges awarded the vote to Yancey, tying the race at 11,608 to 11,608. A lawsuit is pending over the results of a hotly contested race in the 28th District in the Fredericksburg area. The ballot wasn't counted due to the confusion over the voter's intention.

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