Voter or voter's registration; challenges to candidate qualifications or eligibility. (HB1534)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elections; challenges to voter or voter's registration; challenges to candidate qualifications or eligibility. Eliminates the process by which any voter could challenge, in a polling place on the day of an election, the right of any other voter to cast a ballot. The bill also eliminates the process by which any three voters could challenge a voter's registration before the general registrar; such challenges may still be made by filing a petition with the circuit court of the county or city where the voter is registered. The bill also requires challenges to a person's eligibility to appear on the ballot on the basis that such person did not meet all qualifications or fulfill all requirements for candidacy to be made at least 60 days before the date of the election. Candidates who are nominated at a primary election cannot be later challenged on the basis of facts that were present prior to the primary election and could have been raised in a challenge to such candidate's eligibility for the primary ballot. Any challenge to a candidate's qualifications or eligibility shall be made by filing a petition with the Circuit Court of the City of Richmond, which shall have jurisdiction over such proceedings. Read the Bill »


According to the fiscal impact statement, the proposed legislation is not expected to have a state fiscal impact.

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Bill Has Failed


01/19/2024Presented and ordered printed 24100830D
01/19/2024Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/02/2024Assigned P & E sub: Election Administration
02/05/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB1534)
02/05/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/05/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
02/09/2024Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2024Committee substitute printed 24106175D-H1
02/09/2024Incorporates HB185 (Simon)
02/11/2024Read first time
02/12/2024Read second time
02/12/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24106175D-H1
02/12/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1534H1
02/13/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB1534H1)
02/13/2024Read third time and passed House (54-Y 44-N)
02/13/2024VOTE: Passage (54-Y 44-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2024Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/20/2024Reported from Privileges and Elections (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2024Read third time
02/23/2024Passed Senate (20-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2024Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2024Passed Senate (22-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1534ER)
02/28/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB1534ER)
02/28/2024Signed by Speaker
03/02/2024Signed by President
03/11/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 11, 2024
03/11/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/08/2024G Vetoed by Governor
04/17/2024House sustained Governor's veto


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