County manager plan; election of board members by instant runoff voting. (HB506)

Introduced By

Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington) with support from co-patron Del. Sally Hudson (D-Charlottesville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


County manager plan; election of board members by instant runoff voting. Provides that, in a county operating under the county manager plan of government (Arlington County), elections to nominate candidates for and to elect candidates to the board of supervisors may be conducted by instant runoff voting, which the bill describes as the method of casting and tabulating votes in which (i) voters rank candidates in order of preference, (ii) tabulation proceeds in rounds such that in each round either a candidate or candidates are elected or the last-place candidate is defeated, (iii) votes for voters' next-ranked candidates are transferred from elected or defeated candidates, and (iv) tabulation ends when the number of candidates elected equals the number of offices to be filled. The bill provides that the State Board of Elections may promulgate regulations governing elections determined by instant runoff voting. The bill provides that any costs incurred by the Department of Elections related to technological changes necessary for the implementation of ranked choice voting pursuant to the bill shall be charged to the localities exercising the option to proceed with ranked choice voting. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/04/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100883D
01/04/2020Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/10/2020Impact statement from DHCD (HB506)
01/17/2020Assigned CC & T sub: Land Use
01/18/2020Impact statement from DHCD (HB506)
01/22/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB506)
01/23/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
01/31/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/31/2020Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns with amendment (18-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Read first time
02/05/2020Read second time
02/05/2020Committee amendment agreed to
02/05/2020Engrossed by House as amended HB506E
02/05/2020Printed as engrossed 20100883D-E
02/06/2020Read third time and passed House (68-Y 30-N)
02/06/2020VOTE: Passage (68-Y 30-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB506E)
02/07/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/18/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections (8-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/25/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (11-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Committee substitute printed 20108690D-S1
02/26/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Read third time
02/27/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/27/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108690D-S1
02/27/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB506S1
02/27/2020Passed Senate with substitute (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB506S1)
03/02/2020Placed on Calendar
03/02/2020Senate substitute agreed to by House 20108690D-S1 (63-Y 36-N)
03/02/2020VOTE: Adoption (63-Y 36-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB506ER)
03/06/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB506ER)
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 713 (effective 7/1/20)
04/06/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0713)


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