Congressional and state legislative districts; localities to eliminate split precincts. (HB299)

Introduced By

Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale) with support from co-patrons Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), and Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Localities to eliminate split precincts in congressional and state legislative districts; precinct changes prohibited for certain period. Requires counties and cities to adjust local election district lines to congressional and state legislative district lines established by the General Assembly and requires that precincts be contained wholly within congressional or state legislative districts when a county, city, or town is divided between two or more such districts. The bill provides that a locality that is unable to comply with this requirement may apply to the State Board of Elections for a waiver to administer a split precinct. The State Board shall have the authority to grant the request or direct the locality to create a precinct with fewer than the required number of registered voters. The measure also prohibits counties, cities, and towns from creating, dividing, abolishing, or consolidating any precincts or otherwise changing the boundaries of any precinct between February 1, 2019, and May 15, 2021, except in certain specified circumstances. Precinct ordinances may be adopted after January 1, 2021, but may not be implemented before May 15, 2021. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/03/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18102495D
01/03/2018Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/22/2018Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #2
01/31/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB299)
02/01/2018Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (4-Y 2-N)
02/13/2018Left in Privileges and Elections