Elections; changes definition of 'party' or 'political party.' (HB1463)

Introduced By

Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke)

Progress

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

Description

Elections; definition of "party" or "political party." Changes the definition of "party" or "political party" to mean an organization of citizens of the Commonwealth that, at either of the two preceding statewide general elections, received at least four percent of the total vote cast for any statewide office filled in that election. Currently, the threshold is 10 percent of the total vote cast for any statewide office filled at either of the two preceding statewide general elections. Amends § 24.2-101, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
12/30/2014Committee
12/30/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102865D
12/30/2014Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/13/2015Assigned P & E sub: Elections
01/21/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1463)
01/22/2015Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely
02/10/2015Left in Privileges and Elections

Comments

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

The ACLU of Virgina supports legislation that expands opportunities for individuals to effectively to participate in our democracy.

BK writes:

This will never pass because it does not serve the interests of the parties of the members who will be voting. That said, it would go a long way toward making third party candidacies more viable in the future.