Primary elections; candidates for nomination, withdrawal of candidacy. (SB131)

Introduced By

Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Primary elections; candidates for nomination; withdrawal of candidacy resulting in unopposed primary; primary cancellation and nomination procedure. Provides that if a person who is a candidate for nomination by a political party at a primary election and who appears on the ballot for such election withdraws his candidacy on or after the forty-fourth day before but prior to the Tuesday immediately preceding the primary election, and the result of such withdrawal is one remaining candidate who is now unopposed, the remaining candidate will be declared the party's nominee for the office sought and the primary election will be canceled. The bill requires the notice of withdrawal to be signed and notarized and to be submitted to the general registrar, who then transmits it to the local electoral board and the State Board of Elections along with a certification that the remaining candidate is now unopposed for nomination. The State Board is required to declare the remaining candidate to be the nominee within one calendar day of receiving such notice, and the local electoral board is then required to petition the circuit court for the cancellation of the primary election. Finally, the bill directs the State Board to prescribe procedures for canceling a primary election, including instructions for locking and securing voting systems, disposition of marked and unmarked absentee ballots, and voter notification. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2025. This bill is identical to HB 55. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/05/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24102245D
01/05/2024Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/11/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB131)
01/23/2024Reported from Privileges and Elections (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2024Read second time and engrossed
01/29/2024Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2024Placed on Calendar
02/13/2024Read first time
02/13/2024Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/16/2024Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2024Committee substitute printed 24107833D-H1
02/16/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB131H1)
02/20/2024Motion to rerefer to committee agreed to
02/20/2024Rereferred to Privileges and Elections
03/01/2024Reported from Privileges and Elections (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2024Read second time
03/06/2024Read third time
03/06/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24107833D-H1
03/06/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB131H1
03/06/2024Passed House with substitute (97-Y 1-N)
03/06/2024VOTE: Passage (97-Y 1-N)
03/07/2024House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/07/2024Title replaced 24107833D-H1
03/25/2024Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB131ER)
03/25/2024Signed by President
03/26/2024Signed by Speaker
03/27/2024Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 27, 2024
03/27/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
03/28/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 230 (effective 1/1/25)
03/28/2024G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0230)
03/31/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB131ER)

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