Nomination of candidates for elected offices; primary election or partisan nomination process. (HB216)

Introduced By

Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Nomination of candidates for elected offices; primary election or partisan nomination process required; restrictions on nomination method selected by political party; party identification on ballots. Requires each candidate who has been nominated by a political party or in a primary election to be identified by the name of his political party. The bill removes the restrictions on candidates for elected school boards and soil and water conservation districts from being nominated by a partisan nomination method or at a primary election. The bill further provides that a political party committee may not select a nomination method that will have the practical effect of excluding participation in the nominating process by qualified voters who are unable to attend meetings because they are (i) a member of a uniformed service, as defined in § 24.2-452, on active duty; (ii) temporarily residing outside of the United States; (iii) a student attending a school or institution of higher education; or (iv) a person with a disability. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/27/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101496D
12/27/2019Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/13/2020Assigned P & E sub: Campaign Finance
01/22/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB216)
01/23/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/23/2020Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (5-Y 0-N)
01/31/2020Assigned App. sub: Compensation & General Government
01/31/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/31/2020Committee substitute printed 20106100D-H1
01/31/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (12-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/06/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB216H1)
02/11/2020Left in Appropriations