It’s time to pick the winner in a bitterly contested election that could decide the balance of power in the Virginia House of Delegates, Republican leaders said Friday — and the courts must not let the Democrats steal the seat.
Lawyers for Republican Del. David Yancey urged state elections officials to schedule a random drawing of the winner’s name no later than Jan. 9, the day before the legislature reconvenes, and not let the Democrats claim the seat they haven’t won.
In court documents, Yancey’s lawyers argued that a three-judge recount court has already reviewed a single disputed ballot and found it was cast for Yancey, declaring the Nov. 7 election a tie.
“The Court’s ruling is final and not subject to appeal,” Yancey’s attorneys wrote. “Any further delay simply deprives the people of its representative