Candidate petitions; residency of petition circulators, signed statement required for nonresident. (HB214)

Introduced By

Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Candidate petitions; residency of petition circulators; signed statement required for nonresident circulators. Removes the requirement that a person circulating a petition of qualified voters be a legal resident of the Commonwealth. The bill requires a nonresident petition circulator to sign a statement on the affidavit accompanying the petition that he consents to the jurisdiction of the courts of Virginia in resolving any disputes concerning the circulation of petitions, or signatures contained therein, by that person. The signatures of qualified voters collected by a nonresident petition circulator who fails to sign such statement, or who later fails to appear or produce documents when properly served with a subpoena to do so, shall not be counted towards the minimum number of signatures required by law. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/27/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100434D
12/27/2019Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/13/2020Assigned P & E sub: Campaign Finance
01/22/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB214)
01/30/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 1-N)
01/31/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Read first time
02/05/2020Read second time and engrossed
02/06/2020Read third time and passed House (56-Y 43-N)
02/06/2020VOTE: Passage (56-Y 43-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/25/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Read third time
02/28/2020Defeated by Senate (17-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Reconsideration of defeated action agreed to by Senate (36-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Passed Senate (21-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB214ER)
03/06/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB214ER)
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 501 (effective 7/1/20)
03/27/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0501)


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.