Special elections; quarterly schedule, exception. (HB2158)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patrons Del. Mike Futrell (D-Woodbridge), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond), and Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Special elections; quarterly schedule. Provides for a quarterly schedule for special elections. Every special election is required to be held on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in February, May, August, or November. The bill requires that (i) a vacancy occurring more than 55 days prior to the date of the next quarterly special election be filled at that next quarterly special election and (ii) a vacancy occurring within the 55 days prior to the date of the next quarterly special election be filled at the second quarterly special election following such vacancy. The bill also amends the deadlines for the quarterly special election dates that do not fall on the date of a May or November general election, by which independent candidates are required to file declarations of candidacy and petitions and political parties are required to nominate candidates. The bill exempts from the quarterly special election schedule and the deadlines for filing by candidates or for nominating candidates, those vacancies in the General Assembly that occur after the date of the November quarterly special election but before the second Wednesday in January and permits such vacancies to be filled at a special election held on any date, provided the date is a Tuesday and the writ otherwise complies with current law. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/14/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101785D
01/14/2015Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/20/2015Assigned P & E sub: Campaign Finance
01/21/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB2158)
01/28/2015Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (2-Y 3-N)
02/10/2015Left in Privileges and Elections


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