VA HB1103 | 2020 | Regular Session


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Strong Partisan Bill (Democrat 14-1)
Status: Passed on April 10 2020 - 100% progression
Action: 2020-04-10 - Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1054)
Text: Latest bill text (Chaptered) [HTML]


Ranked choice voting; elections for local governing bodies; local option pilot program. Provides that elections for local governing bodies may be conducted by ranked choice voting, which the bill defines as the method of casting and tabulating votes in which (i) voters rank candidates in order of preference, (ii) tabulation proceeds in rounds such that in each round either a candidate or candidates are elected or the last-place candidate is defeated, (iii) votes for voters' next-ranked candidates are transferred from elected or defeated candidates, and (iv) tabulation ends when the number of candidates elected equals the number of offices to be filled. The bill allows any local governing body to decide to conduct such election by ranked choice voting and requires any such decision to be made in consultation with the local electoral board and general registrar and by a majority vote of the governing body. The bill authorizes the State Board of Elections to promulgate regulations for the proper and efficient administration of elections determined by ranked choice voting. The bill provides that any costs incurred by the Department of Elections related to technological changes necessary for the implementation of ranked choice voting pursuant to the bill shall be charged to the localities exercising the option to proceed with ranked choice voting. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2021, and sunsets on July 1, 2031.

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Ranked choice voting; elections for local governing bodies, local option pilot program.


Roll Calls

2020-02-27 - Senate - Senate: Passed Senate (22-Y 18-N) (Y: 22 N: 18 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-26 - Senate - Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (Y: 38 N: 0 NV: 2 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-25 - Senate - Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations (12-Y 4-N) (Y: 12 N: 4 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-18 - Senate - Senate: Reported from Privileges and Elections (8-Y 5-N) (Y: 8 N: 5 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-07 - House - House: VOTE: Passage (57-Y 42-N) (Y: 57 N: 42 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-01-31 - House - House: Reported from Privileges and Elections (12-Y 10-N) (Y: 12 N: 10 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-01-27 - House - House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 3-N) (Y: 4 N: 3 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [FAIL]


2020-04-10 Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1054)
2020-04-10 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 1054 (effective 7/1/21)
2020-03-12 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
2020-03-12HouseEnrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
2020-03-05SenateSigned by President
2020-03-05HouseSigned by Speaker
2020-03-04HouseBill text as passed House and Senate (HB1103ER)
2020-02-27SenatePassed Senate (22-Y 18-N)
2020-02-27SenateRead third time
2020-02-26SenateConstitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
2020-02-25SenateReported from Finance and Appropriations (12-Y 4-N)
2020-02-18SenateRereferred to Finance and Appropriations
2020-02-18SenateReported from Privileges and Elections (8-Y 5-N)
2020-02-10SenateReferred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
2020-02-10SenateConstitutional reading dispensed
2020-02-07HouseVOTE: Passage (57-Y 42-N)
2020-02-07HouseRead third time and passed House (57-Y 42-N)
2020-02-06HousePassed by for the day
2020-02-05HouseRead second time and engrossed
2020-02-04HouseRead first time
2020-01-31HouseReported from Privileges and Elections (12-Y 10-N)
2020-01-27HouseSubcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 3-N)
2020-01-13HouseAssigned P & E sub: Constitutional Amendments
2020-01-07HouseReferred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
2020-01-07HousePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101509D

Code Citations

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242673.1(n/a)See Bill Text

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