The tied race for the Virginia House of Delegates seat in the 94th District will be decided Dec. 27, when the Virginia Board of Elections will randomly select from a bowl the winner of the high stakes contest.
Republican incumbent David Yancey and Democrat Shelly Simonds both emerged from the race with 11,608 votes after a three-judge panel ruled on a contested ballot Wednesday.
The ballot in question showed both Yancey’s and Simonds’ names bubbled in, but the voter then crossed out the Simonds’ name. A GOP election official said the voter selected Republicans in all other races, and judges unanimously decided the vote would go for Yancey, overturning a recount that claimed Simonds the winner by a single vote.
Now, the race will be in the hands of the Virginia Board of Elections.
Chairman James Alcorn announced the meeting will take place at 11 a.m. on Dec. 27, and the board will draw names to determine the winner of the race.
Each candidate’s name will be printed on pieces of paper and cut to be the same size, Alcorn told the Virginian-Pilot. The slips will then be put in old film canisters, which will go inside a bowl.
The bowl will be shaken, and a member of the board will select one of the film canisters. The candidate whose name is in the chosen film canister will be the winner.
The race, however, may not be over then. According to the Virginian-Pilot, the losing candidate can ask for another recount.
If Simonds is declared the winner, it would mark the end of 17 years of Republican control of the Virginia House of Delegates. Instead, Republicans and Democrats would control the same number of seats in the lower chamber.