Candidates in elections; party nominating methods. (HB2208)

Introduced By

Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Party nominating methods. Provides that no political party shall determine its candidates for statewide or General Assembly district office, the U.S. House of Representatives, or the U.S. Senate by a method that has the practical effect of excluding participation in the nominating process by active duty military personnel and military reservists or by individuals who are unable to attend meetings because of military service-related injuries, regardless of their duty station or location. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2013Presented and ordered printed 13103717D
01/11/2013Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/22/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB2208)
02/05/2013Left in Privileges and Elections


Travis writes:

What about "We, the people"? It should be the decision of the voters as to how someone is selected in VA. Is there a specific need for this law other than to protect incumbents? They already get to determine their nominating process if challenged and unfortunately that is a primary which is funded at taxpayer expense. Require voters in VA to register as a Republican, Democrat, Independent, etc., have the party pay for the primary, and then maybe this law is valid. Otherwise, stop the pandering.

Ralph Hubbard writes:

Will the Constitution, Libertarian, Green and Independent Greens have to hold primaries for their nominations also?

andrew writes:

Each statewide primary costs Virginians approx $4 million. Those costs are paid for by local governments.

I would love to see an amendment whereby political parties are required to pick up the cost of holding a primary instead of sticking it to the taxpayer.

As for disenfranchisement of Military voters I would welcome the Republican and Democrats changing their party plan to allow a special provision for Military Absentee voting in case of a conventions. The Credentials Committee is already suppose to guarrentee delegates are on the voter role. Problem solved.