Form of ballot; party identification of candidates. (SB144)

Introduced By

Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake) with support from co-patrons Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Midlothian), and Sen. David Suetterlein (R-Salem)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Form of ballot; party identification of candidates. Provides that any candidate nominated by a political party or at a primary election shall be identified on the ballot by the name of his political party, unless a provision of a local charter provides to the contrary. Currently, only candidates for federal, statewide, and General Assembly offices are so identified. The bill contains a technical amendment. The bill incorporates SB 263 and SB 720. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/27/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101827D
12/27/2017Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/22/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB144)
01/23/2018Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (9-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2018Committee substitute printed 18105914D-S1
01/23/2018Incorporates SB263 (Suetterlein)
01/23/2018Incorporates SB720 (Chase)
01/25/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2018Read second time
01/26/2018Reading of substitute waived
01/26/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18105914D-S1
01/26/2018Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB144S1
01/29/2018Read third time and passed Senate (28-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2018Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2018Passed Senate (28-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB144S1)
01/31/2018Placed on Calendar
01/31/2018Read first time
01/31/2018Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/08/2018Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #2
02/22/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 0-N)
03/02/2018Failed to report (defeated) in Privileges and Elections (10-Y 12-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, 1 clip in all, totaling 1 minute.