Municipal elections; shifting elections to November. (SB1157)

Introduced By

Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake) with support from co-patron Del. Nancy Guy (D-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Shifting municipal elections to November. Shifts all municipal elections for city and town council and school board from May to November, beginning with elections held after January 1, 2022. Read the Bill »


01/21/2021: Passed the Senate


01/07/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21100131D
01/07/2021Referred to Committee on Local Government
01/15/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1157)
01/18/2021Reported from Local Government (12-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
01/19/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/20/2021Amendment by Senator Petersen withdrawn
01/20/2021Read second time and engrossed
01/20/2021Impact statement from DHCD/CLG (SB1157)
01/21/2021Read third time and passed Senate (19-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2021Chair votes Yes


Jeanne Hanewich writes:

Passage of this bill would drastically increase voter participation in local elections across Virginia. May elections suffer from low turnout. This isn't just a problem in Virginia, but nationwide, when local elections occur during other months than November. Wherever you are from in the United States, NOVEMBER means it is time to vote. Continuing to hold local elections in May is problematic because it results in elected officials that are not as accountable to the electorate and gives an ever greater advantage for incumbents to retain their office. It is also expensive for localities to hold these elections when they could be consolidated to November and the cost savings could be used for other programs. It is also confusing to voters when some localities vote in May and others in November. As far as the public is concerned, most people don't understand why these elections aren't already in November. It is an issue that people can agree on across party lines. The shift needs to be made for more convenience and cost savings and less confusion on when to vote for local officials in Virginia.

Nora A Lambiotte writes:

This bill would ruin our local city/county elections. Voters need to know who they are voting for and why. Throwing everyone in on one date does not help voters. Most of them don't have a clue who are what they are voting for. Poll workers still end up explaining the ballot. I agree that the National Elections should be held in November, but let the States make their own schedule for their local leaders.

Matthew Wade writes:

This bill rules and is awesome.

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