Elections, State Board of; expands membership, appointment of Commissioner of Elections. (SB371)

Introduced By

Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester) with support from co-patron Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


State Board of Elections; membership; appointment of Commissioner of Elections. Exempts the Department of Elections from provisions allowing the Governor to appoint a chief deputy and a confidential assistant for policy or administration. The bill expands the membership of the State Board of Elections (the State Board) from five members to eight members with equal representation given to both parties. The bill requires the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia to designate a retired circuit court judge to serve as the tie breaker for the State Board. The bill also gives the State Board the authority and duty to appoint the Commissioner of Elections of the Department of Elections and requires an affirmative vote of five of the State Board's eight members for the appointment and removal of the Commissioner of Elections. In the event that a vacancy occurs in the office of the Commissioner of Elections, the bill provides that the Director of Operations of the Department of Elections will serve as the head of the agency until such vacancy is filled by the State Board. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2023. Read the Bill »


03/02/2022: Passed the House


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22104057D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/18/2022Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/18/2022Committee substitute printed 22104694D-S1
01/18/2022Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
01/19/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/21/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB371S1)
01/26/2022Reported from Finance and Appropriations (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2022Read second time
01/28/2022Reading of substitute waived
01/28/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22104694D-S1
01/28/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB371S1
01/31/2022Passed by for the day
02/01/2022Floor substitute printed 22105599D-S2 (Vogel)
02/01/2022Engrossment reconsidered by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2022Committee substitute reconsidered (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2022Committee substitute rejected 22104694D-S1
02/01/2022Reading of substitute waived
02/01/2022Passed by for the day
02/02/2022Passed by for the day
02/03/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB371S2)
02/03/2022Floor substitute printed 22105848D-S3 (Vogel)
02/03/2022Floor substitute printed 22105963D-S4 (Vogel)
02/03/2022Read second time
02/03/2022Substitute by Senator Vogel withdrawn 22105999D-S2
02/03/2022Substitute by Senator Vogel withdrawn 22105848D-S3
02/03/2022Reading of substitute waived
02/03/2022Substitute by Senator Vogel agreed to 22105963D-S4
02/03/2022Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB371S4
02/04/2022Passed by for the day
02/07/2022Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB371S4)
02/22/2022Placed on Calendar
02/22/2022Read first time
02/22/2022Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/25/2022Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2022Committee substitute printed 22107106D-H1
03/01/2022Read second time
03/02/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB371H1)
03/02/2022Read third time
03/02/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22107106D-H1
03/02/2022Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB371H1
03/02/2022Passed House with substitute (97-Y 2-N)
03/02/2022VOTE: Passage (97-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2022Passed by for the day
03/07/2022House substitute rejected by Senate (0-Y 39-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2022House insisted on substitute
03/08/2022House requested conference committee
03/09/2022Senate acceded to request (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2022Conferees appointed by Senate
03/09/2022Senators: Vogel, Ebbin, McClellan
03/10/2022Conferees appointed by House
03/10/2022Delegates: Ransone, Adams, L.R., Adams, D.M.
03/12/2022Continued to 2022 Sp. Sess. pursuant to HJR 455
03/12/2022Continued to 2022 Sp. Sess. 1 pursuant to HJR455

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