(The Washington Post) — “If both Yancey and Thomas are unable to assume their seats, the balance of power in the House will be split 49 to 49 on the opening day, when members vote to elect a speaker, decide on rules and determine committee chairs.”

Four Democratic voters in Virginia are appealing a court decision that cleared the way for Republicans to take control of the state House of Delegates.

At issue is whether errors that led some voters in an extremely close Northern Virginia House race to be given the wrong ballots were so significant that Republican Robert Thomas, the victor, should not be seated when the General Assembly convenes on Wednesday.

Late Friday, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III of the Eastern District of Virginia decided they were not.

Click to continue reading. By Rachel Weiner – Jan 8, 2018.

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