Think Your Vote Doesn't Count? Think Again.
A recount in one race will determineÂ if Republicans lose control of the Virginia House of Delegates. Right now, that recount rests on the vote of one citizen. Not a lawmaker's vote, but there literally is one vote separating the two candidates for Virginia'sÂ 94th District seat.Â
(See update below.)
After being down all day, the Dem is currently up by ONE VOTE in the last moments of the recount that will determine control of the VA House. https://t.co/FFnm8yOINUâ€” Angus Johnston (@studentactivism) December 19, 2017
Newport NewsÂ DemocratÂ Shelly Simonds (photo) currently leads RepublicanÂ David Yancey in the recount. The original count had put Yancey ahead of Simonds by just ten votes.
To anyone, no matter your party affiliation, who thinks their vote doesnâ€™t matter or count: The entire balance of power in the Virginia House of Delegates right now is contingent on a single vote. https://t.co/l3i2xpJeSGâ€” Matt Viser (@mviser) December 19, 2017
If the recount finds Simonds won more votes, not only will she have beaten the GOP incumbent, but the House of Delegates will be evenly split, 50-50. Before the November election Republicans had the majority, 66-34.Â
Then next time you consider not "bothering" to vote, or know someone who just can't be bothered because they think their vote doesn't count, remember Virginia.
If you are just tuning in, balance of power in Virginiaâ€™s House of Delegates rests on this recount right now. Democrat Shelly Simonds is ahead by one vote after trailing behind post-election by ten votes. If she keeps this win, itâ€™s a 50-50 D-R House.â€” Reema Amin (@reemadamin) December 19, 2017
In the absentees, Yancey and Simonds each picked up one vote. Simondsâ€™ one-vote lead remains.â€” Reema Amin (@reemadamin) December 19, 2017
UPDATE I: 3:55 PM ETÂ â€“
BREAKING: Democrat Shelly Simonds appears to win Virginia House seat by A SINGLE VOTE, according to preliminary unofficial recount results.â€” Jordan Pascale (@JWPascale) December 19, 2017
Would mean 50-50 split of House.
Judge panel must certify results. Legal challenge probably coming.
The Washington Post reports atÂ 3:49 PM: "Democrat wins Va. House seat in recount by single vote, creating 50-50 tie in legislature."
"Democrat Shelly Simonds emerged from the recount as the apparent winner in the 94th District of the House of Delegates, seizing the seat from Republican incumbent David Yancey. A three-judge panel still must certify the results, an event scheduled for Wednesday."
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