Elections; qualifications of candidates, residency of candidates for General Assembly. (HB1200)

Introduced By

Del. Randy Minchew (R-Leesburg) with support from co-patron Del. Matt Fariss (R-Rustburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elections; qualifications of candidates; residency of candidates for General Assembly. Provides that a person seeking to qualify as a candidate for the General Assembly, who establishes residency in a General Assembly district in which he was not previously a resident within 60 days prior to either the primary or general election for the office, shall be permitted to use his new domicile to serve as his residency for purposes of candidate qualification for that office upon a finding of a circuit court that there is clear and convincing evidence of an intent to abandon the prior domicile and an intent to make the new domicile his permanent residency regardless of the outcome of the election. The provisions of this section shall not apply in the year a decennial redistricting law is enacted. Read the Bill »


02/25/2014: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/17/2014Presented and ordered printed 14103418D
01/17/2014Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/22/2014Assigned P & E sub: Elections
01/30/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 1-N)
01/31/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB1200)
02/07/2014Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2014Committee substitute printed 14104869D-H1
02/08/2014Read first time
02/10/2014Read second time
02/10/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104869D-H1
02/10/2014Amendment by Delegate Minchew agreed to
02/10/2014Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendment HB1200EH1
02/10/2014Printed as engrossed 14104869D-EH1
02/11/2014Read third time and passed House (56-Y 43-N)
02/11/2014VOTE: PASSAGE (56-Y 43-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2014Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2014Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/25/2014Passed by indefinitely in Privileges and Elections (12-Y 1-N)


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 6 minutes.


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

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