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Tax March 2017
Shelly Simonds

Shelly Simonds loses random draw.

Below is interview w Shelly right after drawing.

—Jan 4: Yancey wins random draw
Board of Elections declares David Yancey winner in Dist 94 Delegate race.
Read more | Video of drawing

—Jan 3: Court denies Simonds' request
3-Judge court allows counting of double-entered ballot to stand.
Read more→

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—Dec 27: Tie-breaker delayed; Simonds files motion
VA Board of Elections postpones the name-drawing to choose winner of tied election. Simonds files a motion in Newport News Circuit Court, asking judges to reconsider counting of the disputed ballot.
Read more→

— Dec 20: Tie declared; random drawing to decide election
A 3-judge panel allows previously unaccepted ballot in which both candidate bubbles were filled in, to be counted for the Republican Yancey. See the ballot (scroll down the page)→

— Dec 19: Simonds wins by 1 vote!
Full recount gives Simonds the win by 1 vote.

— Nov 13: Simonds now trails by 10 votes.
Provisional ballots counted. Read more→

— Nov 7: Virginia Elections; Simonds trails by 12 votes.
Democrats win all top positions and gain at least 15 seats in the House of Delegates. Simonds trails by 12 votes. Read more→

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