VA HB2278 | 2021 | Regular Session


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 5-0)
Status: Introduced on January 14 2021 - 25% progression, died in committee
Action: 2021-02-05 - Left in Privileges and Elections
Pending: House Privileges and Elections Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [HTML]


Voter registration; political party affiliation; closed primary elections. Adds political party affiliation to the information that an applicant is asked to provide when registering to vote. The political party affiliation or independent status selected by the voter is included in his registration record, and the bill permits voters to change political party affiliation by providing notice in writing or through electronic means authorized by the State Board of Election. The bill provides that only voters who are registered as affiliated with a political party, or who are designated as independent, are permitted to vote in that political party's primary election. Voters who are registered on or before January 1, 2022, will be designated as independent, and the general registrars are required to notify the voters of such fact and include instructions on how the voter may change his affiliation beginning January 1, 2022. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2022.

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Voter registration; political party affiliation, closed primary elections.



2021-02-05HouseLeft in Privileges and Elections
2021-01-19HouseAssigned P & E sub: Election Administration
2021-01-14HouseReferred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
2021-01-14HousePresented and ordered printed 21102536D

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
242101(n/a)See Bill Text
242418(n/a)See Bill Text
242423.1(n/a)See Bill Text
242530(n/a)See Bill Text
242535(n/a)See Bill Text
242703(n/a)See Bill Text
242703.1(n/a)See Bill Text

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