Election day; extending polling hours from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (HB1678)

Introduced By

Del. Joe Lindsey (D-Norfolk) with support from co-patrons Del. Hala Ayala (D-Woodbridge), and Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Election day; extending polling hours. Extends from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. the time at which polls close on election day. The bill aligns candidate filing deadlines and party nomination deadlines with the closing of polls. The bill provides that these changes will not become effective unless reenacted by the 2021 Session of the General Assembly. The bill incorporates HB 1643. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/17/2020Presented and ordered printed 20102034D
01/17/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/21/2020Assigned P & E sub: Elections
01/30/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1678)
02/04/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (4-Y 2-N)
02/07/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (19-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Committee substitute printed 20107627D-H1
02/07/2020Incorporates HB1643 (Ayala)
02/09/2020Read first time
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107627D-H1
02/10/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1678H1
02/10/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1678H1)
02/11/2020Read third time and passed House (65-Y 35-N)
02/11/2020VOTE: Passage (65-Y 35-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/25/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections (11-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Read third time
02/28/2020Passed Senate (20-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1678ER)
03/06/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1678ER)
03/06/2020Signed by Speaker
03/06/2020Signed by President
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
04/06/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 720 (effective 7/1/20)
04/06/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 720 (effective - see bill)
04/06/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0720)