Ranked choice voting; elections for local governing bodies, local option pilot program. (HB1103)

Introduced By

Del. Sally Hudson (D-Charlottesville) with support from co-patrons Del. Jeff Bourne (D-Richmond), Del. Glenn Davis (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), and Del. Suhas Subramanyam (D-Sterling)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Ranked choice voting; elections for local governing bodies; local option pilot program. Provides that elections for local governing bodies may be conducted by ranked choice voting, which the bill defines as the method of casting and tabulating votes in which (i) voters rank candidates in order of preference, (ii) tabulation proceeds in rounds such that in each round either a candidate or candidates are elected or the last-place candidate is defeated, (iii) votes for voters' next-ranked candidates are transferred from elected or defeated candidates, and (iv) tabulation ends when the number of candidates elected equals the number of offices to be filled. The bill allows any local governing body to decide to conduct such election by ranked choice voting and requires any such decision to be made in consultation with the local electoral board and general registrar and by a majority vote of the governing body. The bill authorizes the State Board of Elections to promulgate regulations for the proper and efficient administration of elections determined by ranked choice voting. The bill provides that any costs incurred by the Department of Elections related to technological changes necessary for the implementation of ranked choice voting pursuant to the bill shall be charged to the localities exercising the option to proceed with ranked choice voting. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2021, and sunsets on July 1, 2031. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101509D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/13/2020Assigned P & E sub: Constitutional Amendments
01/27/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1103)
01/27/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 3-N)
01/31/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Read first time
02/05/2020Read second time and engrossed
02/06/2020Passed by for the day
02/07/2020Read third time and passed House (57-Y 42-N)
02/07/2020VOTE: Passage (57-Y 42-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/18/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections (8-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/25/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations (12-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Read third time
02/27/2020Passed Senate (22-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1103ER)
03/05/2020Signed by Speaker
03/05/2020Signed by President
03/06/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1103ER)
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
04/10/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1054 (effective 7/1/21)
04/10/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1054)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 1 minute.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB892.