A Virginia House of Delegates race will now be decided by some form of chance after a 3 judge panel decided to award the Republican candidate, David Yancey, one vote due to a disputed ballot.
This vote meant that the race became a literal tie between Yancey and Democrat Shelly Simonds. According to Virginia Law, “If two or more persons have an equal number of votes for any county, city, town, or district office, and a higher number than any other person, the electoral board shall proceed publicly to determine by lot which of the candidates shall be declared elected.”(source) 2:40 p.m. ET December 20, 2017
“By lot” refers to a game of chance, examples being a coin toss, drawing a name out of a hat, or drawing straws. If Simonds wins, the House of Delegates will be split 50-50. If Yancey wins, Republicans will have a 51-49 majority in the chamber. (source) 2:42 p.m. ET December 20, 2017