Elections; candidate filing requirements. (HB3157)

Introduced By

Del. Leo Wardrup (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elections; candidate filing requirements. Requires independent and primary candidates to pay a filing fee for expenses equal to the greater of $50 or two percent of one year's minimum annual salary for the office unless a candidate provides an affidavit that he is indigent. Provides a formula for calculating signatures required on candidate petitions for the House of Delegates and local elections of 0.25 percent of registered voters or 50 registered voters, whichever is greater. Retains exceptions for certain small towns and soil and water conservation districts. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/19/2007Presented and ordered printed 072215536
01/19/2007Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/24/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB3157)
01/25/2007Assigned P & E sub: #2 (Jones, S.C.)
02/02/2007Committee substitute printed 072225536-H1
02/03/2007Read first time
02/04/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB3157H1)
02/05/2007Read second time
02/05/2007Committee substitute agreed to 072225536-H1
02/05/2007Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB3157H1
02/06/2007Read third time and passed House (69-Y 29-N)
02/06/2007Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
02/06/2007Passed House (70-Y 29-N)
02/06/2007Communicated to Senate
02/07/2007Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2007Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/13/2007Stricken at request of Patron in Privileges and Elections (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


Geoff writes:

This bill blatantly attempts to destroy third party participation in VA politics.

Not very nice.

Rick Sincere writes:

Not only is this bill designed to suppress independent candidacies, it will impose more work on the offices of General Registrars and Electoral Boards by changing a simple, easy-to-understand system of petition requirements to one that is convoluted and complex.

David Gaines writes:

I've read the bill through several times and it seems to affect only candidates in party primaries and truly independent candidates in general elections (i.e. candidates running outside of any party nomination, even third parties). Am I missing something? "Convoluted" sounds about right.

Geoff writes:

There are no recognized political parties in VA outside the majors. Third party candidates are considered to be independent for state/local elections. There is a mechanism, however, to put a party label next to their name if certain conditions are met.