Voter registration; political party affiliation, closed primary elections. (HB2278)

Introduced By

Del. Glenn Davis (R-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patrons Del. Ronnie Campbell (R-Raphine), Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), and Del. Bill Wiley (R-Winchester)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Voter registration; political party affiliation; closed primary elections. Adds political party affiliation to the information that an applicant is asked to provide when registering to vote. The political party affiliation or independent status selected by the voter is included in his registration record, and the bill permits voters to change political party affiliation by providing notice in writing or through electronic means authorized by the State Board of Election. The bill provides that only voters who are registered as affiliated with a political party, or who are designated as independent, are permitted to vote in that political party's primary election. Voters who are registered on or before January 1, 2022, will be designated as independent, and the general registrars are required to notify the voters of such fact and include instructions on how the voter may change his affiliation beginning January 1, 2022. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2022. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/14/2021Presented and ordered printed 21102536D
01/14/2021Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/19/2021Assigned P & E sub: Election Administration
01/25/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2278)
02/05/2021Left in Privileges and Elections