Elections for certain offices; ranked choice voting. (HB553)

Introduced By

Del. Nick Freitas (R-Culpeper) with support from co-patron Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elections for certain offices; ranked choice voting. Provides that members of the United States Senate, United States House of Representatives, and General Assembly and the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General shall be elected by ranked choice voting, which the bill describes as the method of casting and tabulating votes in which (i) voters rank candidates in order of preference, (ii) tabulation proceeds in sequential rounds in which last-place candidates are defeated, and (iii) the candidate with the most votes in the final round is elected. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18100130D
01/08/2018Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/22/2018Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #2
02/01/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (5-Y 1-N)
02/01/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB553)
02/09/2018Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2018Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/09/2018Assigned App. sub: General Government & Capital Outlay
02/09/2018Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (8-Y 0-N)
02/13/2018Left in Appropriations


Michael Smielecki writes:

This is a good bill which will allow people to vote for their best choice instead of our current system where we vote for a candidate based on who we think might win and jump on that bandwagon (conformity) instead of voting our conscience if that candidates chance of winning is not good.

FairVote Virginia writes:

FairVote Virginia is a non-partisan, non-profit coalition working to support this bill. We're Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and independents from all across the Commonwealth united by a shared mission to bring ranked choice voting to Virginia. To learn more and join the cause, visit fairvoteva.org.

Tim Cotton writes:

The WPVA is fully on board supporting this bill...make every vote count

Heather Beltran writes:

I want rank choice voting because we won't have to vote for a political party that is the lesser evil. We can actually vote for what we want and feel our vote was not wasted.

Blake Willis writes:

This is a small but critical piece of the puzzle necessary to improve the health of our Commonwealth.