I trust you don’t need any help from me to understand the injustice of deciding this Virginia House seat by a drawing.
A Virginia elections official reached into an artsy stoneware bowl, pulled out a name and declared Republican David Yancey the winner of a House of Delegates race that could determine which political party controls the chamber.
Virginia staged a dramatic, rare election lottery, livestreamed across the country, to settle a tie between Yancey, an incumbent from Newport News, and Democrat Shelly Simonds.
The spectacle drew national attention as an odd way to decide a highly consequential contest. But it might not be the last word in a saga that’s taken more turns than the clay that went into that wheel-thrown bowl, borrowed for the occasion from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts .
Simonds and a crowd of about 100 state officials, journalists and politicos crowded into the West Reading Room of the Patrick Henry Building for the event. Yancey was not present, although he sent a representative.
The Democrat sat in the first row, between her husband, Paul, and her 15-year-old daughter, Georgia, holding both of their hands.
As the loser of the drawing, Simonds is entitled by law to request a second recount, likely leaving the race in limbo when the General Assembly reconvenes Wednesday.
Moments after the drawing, she said, “This is a sad conclusion for me.” But she did not rule out a request for another recount. “All options are on the table,” she said…
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Shelly should declare a recount because, after the elections commission outlawed one ballot to call it a draw, she did not get to examine her opponent’s ballots for defects, the way Yancey had.