Recounts; special election to be held in the case of a tie vote, exception. (HB198)

Introduced By

Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News) with support from co-patrons Del. Cliff Hayes (D-Chesapeake), and Del. Clinton Jenkins (D-Suffolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Recounts; special election to be held in the case of a tie vote. Provides that if, after a recount of an election, the recount court finds that each party to the recount has received an equal number of votes, there shall be a special election to determine which candidate is elected to the office. This provision would not apply in cases of tie votes occurring after a recount of an election for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, or Attorney General, which the Constitution of Virginia provides for, or for electors of President and Vice President of the United States, which will continue to be determined by lot. This bill incorporates HB 178 and HB 692. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/27/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101021D
12/27/2019Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/13/2020Assigned P & E sub: Elections
01/30/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB198)
02/04/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 1-N)
02/07/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Committee substitute printed 20107626D-H1
02/07/2020Incorporates HB178 (Levine)
02/07/2020Incorporates HB692 (Simonds)
02/09/2020Read first time
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107626D-H1
02/10/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB198H1
02/10/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB198H1)
02/11/2020Read third time and passed House (55-Y 44-N)
02/11/2020VOTE: Passage (55-Y 44-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 with substitute (9-Y 5-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Committee substitute printed 20108255D-S1
02/26/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB198S1)
02/27/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Read third time
02/28/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/28/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108255D-S1
02/28/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB198S1
02/28/2020Passed Senate with substitute (22-Y 15-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Placed on Calendar
03/02/2020Senate substitute agreed to by House 20108255D-S1 (52-Y 45-N)
03/02/2020VOTE: Adoption (52-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB198ER)
03/06/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB198ER)
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
03/27/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 500 (effective 7/1/20)
03/27/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0500)