Ballots; identification of political party of candidate on form. (SB82)

Introduced By

Sen. Ken Cuccinelli (R-Fairfax)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elections; form of ballot. Provides that any candidate for a constitutional office who is nominated by a political party shall be identified on the ballot by the name of his party. Current law provides for party identification on the ballot of candidates only for federal, statewide, and General Assembly offices. The law defines a constitutional office as the county or city office of the clerk of the circuit court, attorney for the Commonwealth, sheriff, commissioner of the revenue, or treasurer. Read the Bill »


01/15/2008: Failed to Pass in Committee


12/26/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 086303216
12/26/2007Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/14/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB82)
01/15/2008Passed by indefinitely in Privileges and Elections (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)


Vivian Paige writes:

This is long overdue.

Vivian P., tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

It makes no sense to me that our legislators benefit from having their party affiliation on the ballot but our constitutional officers, who are nominated by party, do not. Either put the party affiliation on the ballot or make these races, like municipal elections, nonpartisan.