Virginia Democracy Voucher Program; established. (HB263)

Introduced By

Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church) with support from co-patron Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public financing of elections; Virginia Democracy Voucher Program. Establishes the Virginia Democracy Voucher Program, by which every registered voter in the Commonwealth receives $100 in Democracy Vouchers. The bill permits these vouchers to be assigned to and redeemed by any candidate for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, or the General Assembly who has been certified as qualified by the Department of Elections. The bill provides that candidates who wish to qualify for participation in the voucher program must receive a minimum number of qualifying contributions, defined in the bill as contributions of at least $10 but not more than $500 in the aggregate from any one person or entity in an election cycle, from residents of the Commonwealth and are required to comply with limits on campaign contributions and campaign spending. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/03/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18100120D
01/03/2018Referred to Committee on Rules
01/26/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB263)
01/26/2018Reported from Rules without Recommendation (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2018Read first time
01/30/2018Fiscal impact review from JLARC (HB263)
01/31/2018Passed by for the day
02/01/2018Read second time
02/01/2018Passed by temporarily
02/01/2018Motion to refer to Appropriations committee rejected (48-Y 50-N)
02/01/2018VOTE: REJECTED (48-Y 50-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2018Engrossment refused by House (2-Y 95-N)
02/01/2018VOTE: ENGROSSMENT REFUSED (2-Y 95-N) (see vote tally)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 5 clips in all, totaling 16 minutes.