Mark your calendars for Wednesday, Dec. 27. That’s the day the Virginia Board of Elections will randomly pick the winner of the high-stakes and tied 94th House District race. The impact? Control of the House of Delegates – and major policy decisions. After a recount and a court battle over one irregular, uncounted ballot, Del. David Yancey, R-Newport News, and Democratic challenger Shelly Simonds each have 11,608 votes. The winner will be determined by “drawing lots.”
…The winner will be picked under a procedure that has been used for decades to determine the order that candidates appear on the ballot each election, Alcorn said.
Each candidate’s name will be printed on a piece of paper. The slips, cut to the same size, will be placed in old film canisters that the Election Department has in its offices.
The canisters will go into a bowl and be thoroughly shaken. A board member will pick one and that person will be declared the winner.