Elections; party identification on ballots in local elections. (SB275)

Introduced By

Sen. Ralph Smith (R-Roanoke) with support from co-patron Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elections; party identification on ballots; local elections.  Extends to local elections the requirement that ballots identify the nominating political party for party candidates and identify independent candidates as such. Currently, this requirement applies only to federal, statewide, and General Assembly elections. Read the Bill »


01/24/2012: Merged into SB56


01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12
01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12102487D
01/10/2012Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/24/2012Incorporated by Privileges and Elections (SB56-Obenshain) (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB56, HB157, HB374, SB252, HB769 and HB931.


stephen writes:

Why should it matter what party a person is from, the only question should be is the person any good.

robert legge writes:

Here's a concept Mr. Gleason: Why not let the localities decide that sort of thing. Already they are required to put major party candidates (sans party label) first on the ballot. Why shouldn't that be decided at the local level?