Elections, State Board of; increases membership, Commissioner of Elections to be member of Board. (SB825)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke) with support from co-patron Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


State Board of Elections; membership; Commissioner of Elections. Increases the membership of the State Board of Elections (Board) from three members to five members, with representation given to each of the political parties having the highest and next highest number of votes in the Commonwealth at the last preceding gubernatorial election. Three Board members are to be of the party of the Governor. Terms of Board members are initially staggered. The Governor shall designate one member of the Board as the Commissioner of Elections, to head the Department of Elections and to act as the principal administrative officer. The Commissioner shall also serve as the chair of the Board. The bill requires the Board to submit an annual report to the Governor and the General Assembly. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2019. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/15/2018Presented and ordered printed 18104230D
01/15/2018Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/23/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB825)
02/06/2018Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (13-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2018Committee substitute printed 18106652D-S1
02/08/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2018Read second time
02/09/2018Reading of substitute waived
02/09/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18106652D-S1
02/09/2018Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB825S1
02/12/2018Passed by temporarily
02/12/2018Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB825S1)
02/15/2018Placed on Calendar
02/15/2018Read first time
02/15/2018Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/15/2018Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #1
02/20/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 1-N)
02/23/2018Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (12-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2018Committee substitute printed 18107572D-H1
02/23/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB825H1)
02/27/2018Read second time
02/28/2018Passed by for the day
03/01/2018Read third time
03/01/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18107572D-H1
03/01/2018Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB825H1
03/01/2018Passed House with substitute (51-Y 48-N 1-A)
03/01/2018VOTE: PASSAGE (51-Y 48-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/05/2018House substitute rejected by Senate (7-Y 33-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2018House insisted on substitute
03/06/2018House requested conference committee
03/07/2018Senate acceded to request (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2018Conferees appointed by Senate
03/07/2018Senators: Edwards, Obenshain, Cosgrove
03/08/2018Conferees appointed by House
03/08/2018Delegates: Ransone, Cole, Lindsey
03/10/2018Failed to pass in Senate
03/10/2018Conferees reappointed by Senate
03/10/2018Senators: Cosgrove, Edwards, Chafin
03/10/2018No further action taken
03/10/2018Failed to pass


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.