Candidates; reduces number of signatures required on ballot petitions. (SB766)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke) with support from co-patrons Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), and Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Candidates; signatures required on ballot petitions. Reduces the number of signatures an independent candidate or a candidate for nomination by primary is required to gather on the candidate petition when seeking to qualify as a candidate for the United States Senate, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, or Attorney General. The bill requires these candidates gather 5,000 signatures, including at least 200 from each congressional district. Current law requires 10,000 signatures, including at least 400 from each congressional district. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/23/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101754D
12/23/2014Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/15/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB766)
01/20/2015Passed by indefinitely in Privileges and Elections (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)


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.