The Democratic Virginia House candidate, who was thrust into the spotlight earlier this month after her one-vote win was overturned, is now fighting the recount set for Wednesday, during which her opponent will take credit for the ballot that never should have been counted in the first place.
Democratic Virginia House candidate Shelly Simonds has filed a legal motion asking the Newport News Circuit Court to dispute the ballot recount, which will be considering the ballot which disqualified her winning vote as a potential vote for her Republican opponent, David Yancy.
The Virginian-Pilot reported Tuesday that Simonds plans to argue that elections officials did not follow state procedure in the case of a recount.
The purpose of Simonds request to reconsider allowing the ballot, which originally won her the election, as a vote for her opponent. If her request is honored, she would remain victorious in her win of the Virginia House seat.
The vote is extremely critical to Virginia, where a win for Simonds wouldn’t just be personal, but even the playing field and balance the power of Virginia’s House of Delegates.
Despite Simonds’ appeal being filed, the Board of Elections currently plans to randomly draw the name of the two candidates that tied with the winner being declared on December 27. The appeal won’t be heard until just before the drawing is scheduled to take place, due to being closed Tuesday for the holidays.
The Virginia Board of Elections will take the names of both candidates, printed on paper, put each inside a film canister, and then placed inside a bowl. One of the members of the board of elections will be asked to pick one of the canisters from the bowl. The name inside the chosen canister will then be declared the winner of the election.
Originally, Simonds was declared winner after a faulty ballot was miscounted. Later, Republican’s challenged the validity of the ballot.
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