Elections; changes definition of 'party' or 'political party.' (HB82)

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 five percent of the total vote cast for any statewide office filled in that election. Currently, to be defined as a party or political party such an organization must receive at least 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
12/09/2015Committee
12/09/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100672D
12/09/2015Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/14/2016Assigned to sub: Subcommittee Elections
01/14/2016Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee Elections
01/14/2016Assigned P & E sub:
01/14/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB82)
02/09/2016Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/16/2016Left in Privileges and Elections

Comments

Right Way Forward Virginia writes:

Right Way Forward Virginia, a nonpartisan libertarian advocacy organization, supports this bill. Burdensome ballot access requirements unfairly privilege large political parties, just as burdensome economic regulations privilege established firms and inhibit the creation and growth of new potential competitors. Such ballot access requirements are the political equivalent of economic rent-seeking. The government should not privilege the powerful at the expense of the powerless, or incumbents at the expense of challengers.