Virginia’s House of Delegates on Thursday approved a series of election law changes, some of which are specifically tied to the drama and mistakes during the Nov. 7 elections. The House unanimously approved a bill that would clearly state only one recount is permitted in each election. While that appeared to be the intent of previous laws, questions were raised about unclear portions of the code after a recount led to a tie in Virginia’s 94th District. Those questions centered on whether the loser of the random drawing should be permitted to ask for a second recount. The bill would also specify that a random drawing is the proper way to resolve a tie after a recount, and allow the loser of a random drawing to contest the election.
Separate bills tied to the problems in the Fredericksburg area, where dozens voted in the wrong House of Delegates races, also gained final approval Thursday in the House in a 91–6 vote.
Del. Mark Cole, whose district was one of those with misassigned voters, introduced the bill that would allow voters who realize they are getting the wrong ballot to cast provisional ballots for each race, with the local Electoral Board determining later which one to count.