|Introduced in House||Passed House||Introduced in Senate||Passed Senate||Became Law|
Nomination of candidates for elected offices; primary election or partisan nomination process.
Requires each candidate who has been nominated by a political party or in a primary election to be identified by the name of his political party. The bill removes the restrictions on candidates for elected school boards and soil and water conservation districts from being nominated by a partisan nomination method or at a primary election. The bill further provides that a political party committee may not select a nomination method that will have the practical effect of excluding participation in the nominating process by qualified voters who are unable to attend meetings because they are (i) a member of a uniformed service, as defined in � 24.2-452, on active duty; (ii) temporarily residing outside of the United States; (iii) a student attending a school or institution of higher education; or (iv) a person with a disability.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. That � 24.2-509 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:
� 24.2-509. Party to determine method of nominating its candidates for office; exceptions.
A. The duly constituted authorities of the state political party shall have the right to determine the method by which a party nomination for a member of the United States Senate or for any statewide office shall be made. The duly constituted authorities of the political party for the district, county, city, or town in which any other office is to be filled shall have the right to determine the method by which a party nomination for that office shall be made. A method of nomination shall not be selected if such method will have the practical effect of excluding participation in the nominating process by qualified voters who are unable to attend meetings because they are (i) a member of a uniformed service, as defined in � 24.2-452, on active duty; (ii) temporarily residing outside of the United States; (iii) a student attending a school or institution of higher education; or (iv) a person with a disability. However, such restriction shall not apply when selecting a candidate for a special election or nominating a candidate pursuant to � 24.2-539, or in the event that no candidate files the required paperwork by the deadline prescribed in � 24.2-522.
B. Notwithstanding subsection A, the following provisions shall apply to the determination of the method of making party nominations. A party shall nominate its candidate for election for a General Assembly district where there is only one incumbent of that party for the district by the method designated by that incumbent, or absent any designation by him by the method of nomination determined by the party. A party shall nominate its candidates for election for a General Assembly district where there is more than one incumbent of that party for the district by a primary unless all the incumbents consent to a different method of nomination. A party, whose candidate at the immediately preceding election for a particular office other than the General Assembly (i) was nominated by a primary or filed for a primary but was not opposed and (ii) was elected at the general election, shall nominate a candidate for the next election for that office by a primary unless all incumbents of that party for that office consent to a different method.
When, under any of the foregoing provisions, no incumbents offer as candidates for reelection to the same office, the method of nomination shall be determined by the political party.
For the purposes of this subsection, any officeholder who offers for reelection to the same office shall be deemed an incumbent notwithstanding that the district which he represents differs in part from that for which he offers for election.
2. That the provisions of this act shall become effective on January 1, 2023.
|01/31/2020||House||House: Committee substitute printed 20106100D-H1|
|01/31/2020||House||House: Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (12-Y 9-N)|
|01/31/2020||House||House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations|
|01/31/2020||House||House: Assigned App. sub: Compensation & General Government|
|01/23/2020||House||House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (5-Y 0-N)|
|01/13/2020||House||House: Assigned P & E sub: Campaign Finance|
|12/27/2019||House||House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101496D|
|12/27/2019||House||House: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections|