Congressional and legislative district boundaries; alignment with boundaries. (SB535)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Peake (R-Lynchburg) with support from co-patron Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Midlothian)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Congressional and legislative district boundaries; alignment with boundaries of counties and cities; review of a voter's registration. Provides that, for purposes of congressional, Senate, and House of Delegates districts, if a boundary of such a district virtually coincides with the boundary between two or more localities, the boundary of the district shall conform to the boundary between the localities that has been (i) agreed upon by those localities, (ii) adopted in ordinances by those localities, (iii) reported by those localities to the United States Bureau of the Census, and (iv) the population of the district as a result of the boundary adjustment is within the allowable deviation for that type of district. The bill requires the State Board of Elections to review any change of boundary to determine whether there is evidence that the change was made with fraudulent intent, and if it appears there was fraudulent intent, to refer the matter to a circuit court to approve or deny the change. If two or more localities sharing a boundary cannot agree on the true boundary line between them, the boundary shall be that which was in existence on April 1, 2011, and was reported by the United States Bureau of the Census in the 2010 Census reports provided pursuant to United States Public Law 94-171. The bill provides a process by which a voter who believes he has been incorrectly assigned to an election district or precinct may request and have his assignment reviewed by the general registrar and, if necessary, the governing body of the county or city. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104037D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/21/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2020Read second time and engrossed
01/27/2020Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB535)
02/13/2020Placed on Calendar
02/13/2020Read first time
02/13/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/14/2020Assigned P & E sub: Constitutional Amendments
02/17/2020Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (5-Y 3-N)
03/03/2020Left in Privileges and Elections