Elections; run-off elections. (SB742)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson) with support from co-patron Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville)

Progress

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

Description

Elections; run-off elections. Provides that no candidate shall be deemed to have been elected at a general election to any statewide office unless such candidate receives more than 50 percent of the total votes cast for that office. The bill requires that when no candidate for an office receives more than 50 percent of the total votes cast at the general election for that office, a run-off election between the candidates receiving the highest and next-highest number of votes for that office shall be held. However, no run-off election shall be held if the total number of write-in votes cast for an office and the total number of votes cast for the candidate receiving the highest number of votes for an office together equal more than 50 percent of the total votes cast for that office. The bill requires run-off elections to be held on the fourth Tuesday following the date of the certification of the results of the general election or, if a recount is conducted after the general election, on the fourth Tuesday following the date of the certification of the results of the recount, unless the fourth Tuesday falls on a legal holiday, in which the case the run-off election will be held on the sixth Tuesday. The bill provides that all other elections, including a general election of electors for the President and Vice-President of the United States, the person having the highest number of votes for an office shall be deemed to have been elected to such office and shall receive the certificate of election. Under current law, except in the case of a recount, the person having the most votes cast at any election shall be deemed to have been elected to that office. Amends § 24.2-673, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
12/16/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101178D
12/16/2014Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/21/2015Impact statement from DHCD (SB0742)
01/22/2015Assigned to P&E sub: Campaigns
01/22/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB742)
01/27/2015Committee substitute printed 15104374D-S1
01/27/2015Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2015Rereferred to Finance
01/28/2015Incorporates SB1397
01/28/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB742S1)
02/04/2015Reported from Finance with amendment (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2015Read second time
02/06/2015Reading of substitute waived
02/06/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15104374D-S1
02/06/2015Reading of amendment waived
02/06/2015Committee amendment agreed to
02/06/2015Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment SB742ES1
02/06/2015Printed as engrossed 15104374D-ES1
02/08/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB742ES1)
02/09/2015Read third time and passed Senate (22-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2015Assigned App. sub: General Government & Capital Outlay
02/11/2015Placed on Calendar
02/11/2015Read first time
02/11/2015Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/24/2015Left in Appropriations

Video

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 2 minutes.

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