Elections; party identification on ballots in local elections. (SB56)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)


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 »


Bill Has Failed


01/05/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12102759D
01/05/2012Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/24/2012Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2012Committee substitute printed 12104669D-S1
01/25/2012Incorporates SB252
01/25/2012Incorporates SB275
01/26/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB56S1)
01/26/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2012Read second time
01/27/2012Passed by for the day
01/30/2012Passed by for the day
01/31/2012Read second time
01/31/2012Reading of substitute waived
01/31/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12104669D-S1
01/31/2012Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB56S1
02/01/2012Read third time and defeated by Senate (14-Y 25-N) (see vote tally)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 11 minutes.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB157, HB374, SB252, SB275, 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?