Election districts; requirements for precincts, remedying split precincts. (SB1087)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) with support from co-patrons Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria), and Sen. Mark Peake (R-Lynchburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Election districts; requirements for precincts; remedying split precincts. Requires counties, cities, and towns to adjust local election district lines to coincide with congressional or state legislative district lines established by the General Assembly. Precincts are required to be wholly contained within a single congressional district, Senate district, House of Delegates district, or local election district, and local governing bodies are directed to establish precinct boundaries immediately after the completion of the General Assembly's decennial redistricting so that each precinct is so wholly contained. The bill provides that if a locality is unable to comply with this requirement it shall apply to the State Board of Elections for a waiver to administer a split precinct and the State Board may grant that waiver or direct the locality to create a precinct with fewer than the required number of registered voters, as it deems appropriate. Amends § 24.2-304.1, § 24.2-307, § 24.2-308, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


01/21/2019: Passed the Senate


12/18/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19102401D
12/18/2018Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/14/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1087)
01/15/2019Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (13-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/15/2019Committee substitute printed 19104968D-S1
01/15/2019Incorporates SB1051 (Peake)
01/15/2019Incorporates SB1284 (Barker)
01/17/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/18/2019Read second time
01/18/2019Reading of substitute waived
01/18/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19104968D-S1
01/18/2019Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1087S1
01/21/2019Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

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