Elections, State Board of; increasing membership and terms, role and eligibility, report. (HB236)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


State Board of Elections; increasing membership; Commissioner of Elections; role and eligibility; report. Increases the membership of the State Board of Elections from three members to five members. Representation is given to each of the political parties having the highest and next highest number of votes in the Commonwealth at the preceding gubernatorial election, with three Board members being of the party of the Governor. Terms are initially staggered. The bill provides that a Commissioner of Elections, who acts as the principal administrative officer of the Department of Elections, shall be appointed by the Governor. Persons engaging in certain partisan activities, persons related to persons engaging in certain partisan activities, and persons related to members of the State Board are prohibited from serving as the Commissioner of Elections. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2021. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/30/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100375D
12/30/2019Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/14/2020Assigned P & E sub: Constitutional Amendments
01/27/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB236)
01/27/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/27/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (6-Y 2-N)
01/31/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendments (17-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Read first time
02/05/2020Read second time
02/05/2020Committee amendments agreed to
02/05/2020Engrossed by House as amended HB236E
02/05/2020Printed as engrossed 20100375D-E
02/06/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB236E)
02/06/2020Read third time and passed House (79-Y 18-N)
02/06/2020VOTE: Passage (79-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/18/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Read third time
02/21/2020Passed Senate (34-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB236ER)
02/26/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB236ER)
02/26/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate reprinted (HB236ER)
02/27/2020Signed by Speaker
02/27/2020Signed by President
03/05/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 6, 2020
03/05/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 5, 2020
03/05/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 353 (effective 1/1/21)
03/12/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0353)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.