Voter registration; political party affiliation on registration record. (HB1599)

Introduced By

Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elections; voter registration; political party affiliation. Provides that a voter who votes in a primary election held by a political party shall be designated on his registration record as affiliated with that political party. The bill requires the State Board to use the list of persons voting in a primary election submitted by the electoral boards to designate a political party affiliation on the registration record for each voter, but prohibits the State Board from designating a political party affiliation for a voter until the voter has voted in a primary election held on or after January 1, 2016. Voters may change their party affiliation or designate themselves as independents by providing written notice to the general registrar for the locality in which they are registered. The bill does not change Virginia's present primary laws, and all registered voters remain eligible to participate in the primary of a political party that chooses to nominate by primary. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2016. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101890D
01/08/2015Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/13/2015Assigned P & E sub: Campaign Finance
01/21/2015Subcommittee recommends striking from docket
02/10/2015Left in Privileges and Elections


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