Elections, Department of and State Board of; reorganization. (SB1455)

Introduced By

Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Elections and the State Board of Elections; reorganization as independent agency; membership of State Board of Elections; appointment of Commissioner of Elections. Continues and reestablishes the Department of Elections as an independent agency that includes a Commissioner of Elections and the State Board of Elections. The State Board is continued as a supervisory board and its membership is increased from three to nine members, with terms of three years after an initial staggering of terms. The Governor, the Speaker of the House of Delegates, and the Senate Committee on Rules each appoint three members; of those three, two members represent the political parties receiving the highest and next highest number of votes in the Commonwealth for Governor at the last preceding gubernatorial election, and one is a former judge of a court of record. Under the bill, the State Board is responsible for appointing a Commissioner of Elections and has the authority to remove the Commissioner of Elections; such appointment or removal requires an affirmative vote of six of the nine Board members. The bill places restrictions on political activities of State Board members, the Commissioner, and employees of the Department. Read the Bill »


01/08/2019: Awaiting a Vote in the Privileges and Elections Committee


01/08/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19100854D
01/08/2019Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/21/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1455)

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