Elections, State Board of; increases membership and terms appointment of Commissioner of Elections. (HB1405)

Introduced By

Del. Margaret Ransone (R-Kinsale) with support from co-patron Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


State Board of Elections; membership; appointment of Commissioner of Elections. Increases the membership of the State Board of Elections (Board) from three members to six members and increases the terms of Board members from four years to six years. Equal representation shall be given to each of the political parties having the highest and next highest number of votes in the Commonwealth at the last preceding gubernatorial election. Appointments are to be made with due consideration of geographical representation and no two Board members are to reside in the same congressional district. Terms are initially staggered. The bill also grants to the Board the authority to appoint and remove the Commissioner of Elections, subject to confirmation by the General Assembly, to head the Department of Elections and to act as the principal administrative officer. The appointment or removal of the Commissioner shall require an affirmative vote of five of the six Board members. The bill requires the Board to submit an annual report to the Governor and the General Assembly. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2019. Read the Bill »


03/10/2018: failed house


01/15/2018Presented and ordered printed 18103919D
01/15/2018Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/22/2018Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #2
01/24/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB1405)
01/25/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (4-Y 2-N)
01/26/2018Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (11-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2018Committee substitute printed 18105959D-H1
01/26/2018Substitute bill reprinted 18105959D-H1
01/30/2018Read first time
01/31/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB1405H1)
01/31/2018Read second time
01/31/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18105959D-H1
01/31/2018Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1405H1
02/01/2018Read third time and passed House (51-Y 47-N)
02/01/2018VOTE: PASSAGE (51-Y 47-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/02/2018Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/20/2018Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (12-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2018Committee substitute printed 18107265D-S1
02/22/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB1405S1)
02/22/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2018Passed by for the day
02/26/2018Passed by for the day
02/27/2018Passed by for the day
02/28/2018Passed by for the day
03/01/2018Read third time
03/01/2018Passed by for the day
03/02/2018Passed by for the day
03/05/2018Read third time
03/05/2018Reading of substitute waived
03/05/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18107265D-S1
03/05/2018Floor substitute printed to LIS only 18107587D-S2 (Edwards)
03/05/2018Substitute by Senator Edwards ruled out of order 18107587D-S2
03/05/2018Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1405S1
03/05/2018Passed Senate with substitute (27-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2018Placed on Calendar
03/06/2018Senate substitute rejected by House 18107265D-S1 (1-Y 94-N)
03/06/2018VOTE: REJECTED (1-Y 94-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2018Senate insisted on substitute (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2018Senate requested conference committee
03/08/2018House acceded to request
03/08/2018Conferees appointed by House
03/08/2018Delegates: Ransone, Cole, Lindsey
03/08/2018Conferees appointed by Senate
03/08/2018Senators: Edwards, Obenshain, Cosgrove
03/10/2018Failed to pass in House
03/10/2018Conferees reappointed by Senate
03/10/2018Senators: Cosgrove, Edwards, Chafin
03/10/2018No further action taken
03/10/2018Failed to pass


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 4 minutes.