Elections, State Board of; increasing membership and terms, role and eligibility, report. (SB856)

Introduced By

Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


State Board of Elections; increasing membership ; Commissioner of Elections; role and eligibility; report. Increases the membership of the State Board of Elections from three members to five members. Representation is given to each of the political parties having the highest and next highest number of votes in the Commonwealth at the preceding gubernatorial election, with three Board members being of the party of the Governor. Terms are initially staggered. The bill provides that a Commissioner of Elections, who acts as the principal administrative officer of the Department of Elections, shall be appointed by the Governor. Persons engaging in certain partisan activities, persons related to persons engaging in certain partisan activities, and persons related to members of the State Board are prohibited from serving as the Commissioner of Elections. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2021. This bill is identical to HB 236. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103597D
01/08/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/08/2020Introduced bill reprinted 20103597D
01/28/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB856)
01/28/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendments (11-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2020Read second time
01/31/2020Reading of amendments waived
01/31/2020Committee amendments agreed to
01/31/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended SB856E
01/31/2020Printed as engrossed 20103597D-E
02/03/2020Read third time and passed Senate (34-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB856E)
02/13/2020Placed on Calendar
02/13/2020Read first time
02/13/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/14/2020Assigned P & E sub: Constitutional Amendments
02/17/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
02/21/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections (18-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/24/2020Assigned App. sub: Compensation & General Government
02/25/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
02/28/2020Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020Read second time
03/04/2020Read third time
03/04/2020Passed House (91-Y 7-N)
03/04/2020VOTE: Passage (91-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB856ER)
03/07/2020Signed by President
03/08/2020Signed by Speaker
03/09/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB856ER)
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/02/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 619 (effective 1/1/21)
04/02/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0619)