Elections, State Board of; membership, appointment of Commissioner of Elections. (SB1455)

Introduced By

Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester) with support from co-patron Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


State Board of Elections; membership; appointment of Commissioner of Elections. Increases the membership of the State Board of Elections from three members to five members and increases the terms of Board members from four years to five years. Representation shall be given to each of the political parties having the highest and next highest number of votes in the Commonwealth at the preceding gubernatorial election, with three Board members being of the party of the Governor. Terms are initially staggered. The bill also grants to the Board the authority to appoint the Commissioner of Elections, subject to confirmation by the General Assembly, and to remove the Commissioner of Elections. The appointment or removal of the Commissioner shall require an affirmative vote of four of the five Board members. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2020. This bill is identical to HB 1620. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19100854D
01/08/2019Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/21/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1455)
01/22/2019Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (12-Y 0-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
01/22/2019Incorporates SB1311 (Edwards)
01/22/2019Committee substitute printed 19105523D-S1
01/24/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2019Read second time
01/25/2019Reading of substitute waived
01/25/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19105523D-S1
01/25/2019Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1455S1
01/28/2019Read third time and passed Senate (35-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2019Placed on Calendar
01/30/2019Read first time
01/30/2019Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/04/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1455S1)
02/04/2019Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #1
02/12/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (4-Y 2-N)
02/15/2019Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2019Committee substitute printed 19106749D-H1
02/18/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1455H1)
02/18/2019Read second time
02/19/2019Read third time
02/19/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19106749D-H1
02/19/2019Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1455H1
02/19/2019Passed House with substitute (51-Y 48-N)
02/19/2019VOTE: PASSAGE (51-Y 48-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2019Passed by temporarily
02/20/2019House substitute rejected by Senate (0-Y 40-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019House insisted on substitute
02/21/2019House requested conference committee
02/21/2019Senate acceded to request (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019Conferees appointed by Senate
02/21/2019Senators: Vogel, Barker, Chafin
02/21/2019Conferees appointed by House
02/21/2019Delegates: Ransone, Cole, Rush, Lindsey
02/22/2019C Amended by conference committee
02/22/2019Conference report agreed to by House (51-Y 46-N)
02/22/2019VOTE: ADOPTION (51-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2019Conference report agreed to by Senate (38-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2019Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1455ER)
03/07/2019Signed by Speaker
03/08/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1455ER)
03/09/2019Signed by President
03/11/2019Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 11, 2019
03/11/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 26, 2019
03/26/2019Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/03/2019Senate concurred in Governor's recommendations #6 and #15 (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2019Senate rejected Governor's recommendations #'s 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,16 (8-Y 30-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2019House concurred in Governor's recommendations #6 and #15 (98-Y 0-N)
04/03/2019VOTE: ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2019G Governor's recommendation adopted in-part
04/03/2019Reenrolled bill text (SB1455ER2)
04/03/2019Signed by President as reenrolled
04/03/2019Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/03/2019Reenrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 4/3/19
04/03/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, May 3, 2019
04/29/2019G Vetoed by Governor


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 1 minute.