Candidate petitions; review of signatures, appeals. (HB2213)

Introduced By

Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Candidate petitions; requirements, review of signatures, appeals. Provides that independent candidates for office and groups of qualified voters seeking to have slates of electors placed on the presidential ballot have a right to appeal a determination by the State Board of Elections or local electoral board, as the case may be, that their petitions lack the minimum number of signatures of qualified voters required for the particular office. Notice of disqualification must be provided by regular mail or email, and the candidate or group has seven calendar days from the issue of the notice to file an appeal. The State Board is to develop procedures for the conduct of appeals. The bill also reduces the required number of petition signatures from 10,000 statewide and 400 per congressional district to 5,000 statewide and 200 per congressional district for candidates in presidential primaries, independent groups seeking to have slates of electors placed on the presidential ballot, and independent candidates for statewide offices Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/11/2013Committee
01/11/2013Presented and ordered printed 13102730D
01/11/2013Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/15/2013Assigned P & E sub: Elections Subcommittee
01/22/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB2213)
01/29/2013Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/05/2013Left in Privileges and Elections

Comments

ACLU-VA Voting Rights, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia supports legislation that protects the due process rights of independent candidates and voters by enacting a right to appeal a determination by the State Board of Elections or local electoral board that their petitions are invalid.