Nomination of candidates for elected offices; restrictions on nomination method selected. (HB2020)

Introduced By

Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station) with support from co-patrons Del. Alex Askew (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Chris Hurst (D-Blacksburg), Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), and Del. Don Scott (D-Portsmouth)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Nomination of candidates for elected offices; restrictions on nomination method selected by political party. Provides that a method of nomination for elected office may not be selected if such method will have the practical effect of excluding participation in the nominating process by qualified voters who are otherwise eligible to participate in the process under the party's rules but are unable to attend meetings because they are (i) a member of a uniformed service on active duty, (ii) temporarily residing outside of the United States, (iii) a student attending a school or institution of higher education, (iv) a person with a disability, or (v) a person who has a communicable disease of public health threat or who may have come in contact with a person with such disease. However, such restriction does not apply when selecting a candidate for a special election or nominating a candidate, or in the event that no candidate files the required paperwork by the prescribed deadline. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2024. Read the Bill »


03/31/2021: signed by governor


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101479D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/14/2021Assigned P & E sub: Election Administration
01/15/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2020)
01/26/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 0-N)
01/27/2021Reported from Privileges and Elections (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2021Read first time
01/29/2021Read second time and engrossed
02/01/2021Read third time and passed House (54-Y 46-N)
02/01/2021VOTE: Passage (54-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/02/2021Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Privileges and Elections (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/16/2021Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendment (10-Y 1-N 4-A) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021Read third time
02/19/2021Passed by for the day
02/22/2021Read third time
02/22/2021Passed by for the day
02/23/2021Read third time
02/23/2021Reading of amendment waived
02/23/2021Committee amendment agreed to
02/23/2021Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/23/2021Passed Senate with amendment (29-Y 10-N)
02/24/2021Placed on Calendar
02/24/2021Senate amendment agreed to by House (53-Y 45-N)
02/24/2021VOTE: Adoption (53-Y 45-N)
02/26/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2020ER)
02/26/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2020ER)
02/26/2021Signed by Speaker
02/27/2021Signed by President
03/01/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 1, 20201
03/01/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/31/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 474 (effective 1/1/24)
03/31/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0474)