Presidential elections and primaries; petition requirements. (SB690)

Introduced By

Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg) with support from co-patron Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Presidential elections and primaries; petition requirements. Reduces the number of signatures required for groups other than the major parties to gain access to the presidential election ballot from 10,000 to 5,000 signatures in the Commonwealth and from 400 to 200 signatures in each congressional district. The bill makes similar reductions to 5,000 and 200 in the number of signatures required for a person to qualify for a presidential primary ballot. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


08/16/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100089D
08/16/2012Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/08/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB690)
01/15/2013Assigned to P&E sub: Campaigns and Elections
01/22/2013Reported from Privileges and Elections (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2013Read second time and engrossed
01/28/2013Read third time and passed Senate (23-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2013Placed on Calendar
02/05/2013Read first time
02/05/2013Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/05/2013Assigned P & E sub: Elections Subcommittee
02/12/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
02/15/2013Reported from Privileges and Elections (20-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2013Read second time
02/19/2013Read third time
02/19/2013Passed House (98-Y 0-N)
02/19/2013VOTE: PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2013Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB690ER)
02/22/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB690ER)
02/22/2013Signed by Speaker
02/23/2013Signed by President
03/18/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 521 (effective 7/1/13)
03/18/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0521)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.


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

The ACLU of Virginia is monitoring this bill.

Rick Sincere writes:

This bill tracks closely to suggestions I made more than a year ago: