Elections, State Board of; membership, appointment of Commissioner of Elections. (HB1620)

Introduced By

Del. Margaret Ransone (R-Kinsale) with support from co-patrons Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun), and Del. Bob Thomas (R-Stafford)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


State Board of Elections; membership; appointment of Commissioner of Elections. Increases the membership of the State Board of Elections (Board) from three members to six members and increases the terms of Board members from four years to six years. Equal representation shall be 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. Appointments shall be made with due consideration of geographical representation, and no two Board members may reside in the same congressional district. Terms are initially staggered. The bill also grants to the Board the authority to appoint, subject to confirmation by the General Assembly, the Commissioner of Elections to head the Department of Elections and to act as the principal administrative officer. Additionally, the Board has the authority to remove the Commissioner. The appointment or removal of the Commissioner shall require an affirmative vote of five of the six Board members. The bill also directs the Department of Elections to employ a Director of Operations, who is to be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations at the Department. The bill requires the Board to submit an annual report to the Governor and the General Assembly. Amends § 2.2-106, § 24.2-102, § 24.2-103, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


03/09/2019: Passed the General Assembly


10/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19100589D
10/09/2018Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/12/2019Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #1
01/29/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1620)
01/29/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 2-N)
02/01/2019Reported from Privileges and Elections (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1620)
02/03/2019Read first time
02/04/2019Read second time and engrossed
02/05/2019Read third time and passed House (51-Y 47-N 1-A)
02/05/2019VOTE: PASSAGE (51-Y 47-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/06/2019Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2019Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/12/2019Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (8-Y 2-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/12/2019Committee substitute printed 19106755D-S1
02/13/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1620S1)
02/14/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2019Passed by for the day
02/18/2019Read third time
02/18/2019Reading of substitute waived
02/18/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19106755D-S1
02/18/2019Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1620S1
02/18/2019Passed Senate with substitute (33-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2019Placed on Calendar
02/19/2019Senate substitute rejected by House 19106755D-S1 (5-Y 93-N)
02/19/2019VOTE: REJECTED (5-Y 93-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2019Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2019Senate requested conference committee
02/21/2019House acceded to request
02/21/2019Conferees appointed by House
02/21/2019Delegates: Ransone, Cole, Rush, Lindsey
02/21/2019Conferees appointed by Senate
02/21/2019Senators: Vogel, Barker, Chafin
02/22/2019C Amended by conference committee
02/22/2019Conference report agreed to by Senate (38-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2019Conference report agreed to by House (53-Y 45-N)
02/22/2019VOTE: ADOPTION (53-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2019Passed by temporarily
02/22/2019Reconsideration of conference report agreed to by House
02/22/2019Conference report agreed to by House (51-Y 47-N)
02/22/2019VOTE: ADOPTION #2 (51-Y 47-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2019Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1620ER)
03/07/2019Signed by Speaker
03/08/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1620ER)
03/09/2019Signed by President
03/11/2019Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 11, 2019
03/11/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 26, 2019
03/26/2019Governor's recommendation received by House
04/03/2019Placed on Calendar
04/03/2019House concurred in Governor's recommendation #6 and 15 (98-Y 0-N)
04/03/2019VOTE: ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2019House rejected Governor's recommendation #1-5, 7-14 and 16 (47-Y 51-N)
04/03/2019VOTE: REJECTED (47-Y 51-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2019Senate concurred in Governor's recommendations #6 and #15 (37-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
04/03/2019G Governor's recommendation adopted in-part
04/03/2019Reenrolled bill text (HB1620ER2)
04/03/2019Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/03/2019Signed by President as reenrolled
04/03/2019Reenrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 4/3/19
04/03/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, May 3, 2019

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