Simonds to legally challenge 94th District tie, drawing postponed

A delay in the process to name a winner in the 94th District House of Delegates race

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) -- The Democratic House of Delegates candidate who is currently tied with the Republican incumbent for the 94th District in Newport News is challenging the election recount that resulted in a tie.

The campaign for Shelly Simonds said they are filing a Motion for Reconsideration, asking that last week's three-judge decision be suspended.

Simonds request for a delay has been granted.

The Chairman of the Virginia State Board of Elections tweeted that the pending litigation concerning the HD94 election caused the postponement of the drawing.

Simonds thought she had a one-vote victory over Delegate David Yancey after the recount, but the judges declared a tie after examining a disputed ballot and awarding it to Yancey.

The ballot, a copy of which was obtained by our partners at The Virginian-Pilot, shows both candidates' names are bubbled in for the 94th District race, but Simonds' name has a slash over it.

The State Board of Elections originally planned to meet Wednesday morning to draw lots and break the tie. 

If Simonds' becomes the victor, the House of Delegates will be evenly split between Democrats and Republicans.

The Chairman of the Virginia State Board of Elections also said any concerns regarding the election or recount should be resolved before a random drawing is conducted.

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