VA Elections Official: Wrongly Assigned Residents Voted In Tied House Race

on January 4, 2018 in Richmond, Virginia.
RICHMOND, VA - JANUARY 04: Slips of paper with the names of Virginia House of Delegates candidates Shelly Simonds (D-VA) and David Yancey (R-VA) are shown during a meeting of the Virginia State Board of Elections Ja... RICHMOND, VA - JANUARY 04: Slips of paper with the names of Virginia House of Delegates candidates Shelly Simonds (D-VA) and David Yancey (R-VA) are shown during a meeting of the Virginia State Board of Elections January 4, 2018 in Richmond, Virginia. The slips of paper were later placed inside old film cannisters and drawn from a bowl to decide a tied race between the two candidates. Yancey's name was pulled from the bowl and Republicans retained control of the Virginia House of Delegates, though an additional recount in the race is still possible. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s top elections official says an unknown number of voters who may have cast a ballot in a tied Virginia House race that was decided by drawing lots were assigned to the wrong district.

The Daily Press reports a state Department of Elections review of registrations after the November election found a discrepancy between some Newport News voters’ addresses and the House district in which they were recorded as living.

Department Commissioner Chris Piper said the discrepancy has been corrected. He didn’t give a number of voters possibly affected.

The city’s electoral board chairman says he and the board are investigating.

The 94th District race between Republican David Yancey and Democrat Shelly Simonds was ultimately decided by a drawing of lots that captured national attention. Yancey eventually won the election.

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