County manager plan; election of board members by instant runoff voting. (HB932)

Introduced By

Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington) with support from co-patron Del. Nick Freitas (R-Culpeper)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


County manager plan; election of board members by instant runoff voting. Provides that, in a county operating under the county manager plan of government, elections to nominate candidates for and to elect candidates to the board of supervisors may be conducted by instant runoff 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 or candidates with the most votes in the final round are elected. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18100620D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/29/2018Assigned CC & T sub: Subcommittee #2
02/07/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
02/09/2018Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2018Read first time
02/12/2018Motion to refer to committee agreed to (51-Y 49-N)
02/12/2018VOTE: AGREE TO MOTION (51-Y 49-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2018Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/12/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB932)
02/13/2018Left in Privileges and Elections


Dave Schutz writes:

This bill permits (but does not require) the Arlington County Board to put in place ranked choice voting for County-run primaries. This has been an issue locally, since Arlington Dems have stated that they wanted ranked choice for their primaries but have been unable to use it except through a caucus, and the number of voters who turn out for a caucus is much lower than the number who will turn out for a primary.
Caucuses using ranked choice have run smoothly for the Dems when used before.