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Political parties; notification of adoption of primary election, certification of candidates.
Directs the state political party chairmen, or their designees, to notify the Department of Elections of the party's adoption of a primary election for any office. The bill also directs state political party chairmen, or their designees, to certify to the Department of Elections the names of any candidate who has been nominated by the party through a nomination method other than a primary. Currently, these notification and certification responsibilities are shared by the state, district, and political subdivision party committee chairmen for their respective offices. The bill also provides that if a state party chairman, or his designee, fails to certify the name of a candidate for an office, the Department of Elections shall declare that there is no candidate nominated by the party for that office. The bill contains technical amendments that reflect the current administrative responsibilities of the Department of Elections.
|01/07/2020||House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102715D||Open|
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. That �� 24.2-511, 24.2-516, 24.2-517, and 24.2-527 of the Code of Virginia are amended and reenacted as follows:
� 24.2-511. Party chairman or official to certify candidates to the Department of Elections; failure to certify.
A. The state
, district, or other
appropriate party chairman, or the
chairmans designee, shall certify the name of any
candidate who has been nominated by his party by a method other than a primary
for any office to be elected by the
qualified voters of (i) the Commonwealth
at large, (ii) a congressional district or a General Assembly district, or
(iii) political subdivisions jointly electing a shared constitutional officer,
along with the date of the nomination of the candidate, to the State Board Department not later than five
days after the last day for nominations to be made. Such
certification shall be on a form and in a format prescribed by the Department.
The State Board Department shall notify the
general registrars of the names of the candidates to appear on the ballot for
The party chairman of the
district or political subdivision in which any other office is to be filled
shall certify the name of any candidate for that office who has been nominated
by his party by a method other than a primary to the State Board and to the
general registrars of the cities and counties in which the name of the
candidate will appear on the ballot not later than five days after the last day
for nominations to be made. Should the party chairman fail to make such
certification, the State Board shall declare that the candidate is the nominee
of the particular party and direct that his name be treated as if certified by
the party chairman. C. In
the case of a nomination for any office to be filled by a special election, the state party chairman, or the chairmans designee,
shall certify the name of any candidate (i) by the deadline to nominate the
candidate or (ii) not later than five days after the deadline if it is a
special election held at the second November election after the vacancy
C. If the state party chairman, or the chairmans designee, fails to certify to the Department the name of a candidate nominated for an office by the deadline prescribed in subsection A or B, the Department shall declare that there is no candidate nominated by the party for that office.
D. No further
notice declaration of candidacy or
petition shall be required of a candidate once the state
party chairman, or the chairmans designee,
has certified his name to the State Board Department.
E. In no case shall the individual who is a candidate for an office be the person who certifies the name of the party candidate for that same office. In such case the party shall designate an alternate official to certify its candidate.
� 24.2-516. Party to furnish names of chairmen and notify Department of Elections of adoption of direct primary.
political party within the Commonwealth shall furnish to the
State Board Department the names and
addresses of its state , county, and city
chairman in January of each year, and during the remainder
of the year it shall notify the Board Department of any changes in
such names and addresses.
least 135 days prior to the regular date for a primary, the
Board Department shall inquire of
each state chairman and each county and city
chairman whether a direct primary has been adopted for any office. The Board
Department shall advise each chairman that notification to
Department of the adoption of a direct primary is required
and must be filed with the Board Department not more than 125
days and not less than 105 days before the date set for the primaries.
C. Each state party chairman, or the chairmans designee,
shall file timely
notice with the Board Department whether or not a
primary has been adopted and identify each office for which a primary has been
adopted. The requirement to notify the Board Department of the adoption of a any
direct primary shall be satisfied when the Board Department receives by the
deadline (i) written notice from the appropriate state party chairman or (ii) a copy of the written notice from an
incumbent officeholder to his party chairman of the incumbents selection,
pursuant to � 24.2-509, of the primary as the method of nomination or the chairmans designee.
D. The Department shall not order the holding of a primary election pursuant to � 24.2-517 without a timely filed notice as required by this section.
� 24.2-517. Department of Elections to order election.
State Board Department
shall order the holding of a primary election in any county, city, or other
district of the Commonwealth in which it is notified pursuant to � 24.2-516
that a primary is intended to be held. The notice ordering the primary shall be
sent to the secretary of the electoral board. Within five days of the issuance
of the order by the State Board Department,
each secretary shall post a copy of the notice on the official website of the
county or city, post copies of the notice at not less than 10 public places in
the county or city, or have notice of the election published at least once in a
newspaper of general circulation in the county or city.
� 24.2-527. Chairman or official to furnish Department of Elections with names of candidates and certify petition signature requirements met.
A. It shall be the duty of the state
or chairmen of the
several committees, or the chairmans
designee, of the respective parties to furnish the name of
any candidate for nomination for any office to be elected by the qualified
voters of the Commonwealth at large or of a congressional
district or of a General Assembly district to the State Board, and to furnish
the name of any candidate for any other office to the State Board and to the
general registrars charged with the duty of preparing and printing the primary
ballots to the Department, on a
form prescribed by the Department. In furnishing the name
of any such candidate, the chairman, or the chairmans designee,
shall certify that a review of the filed candidate petitions found the required
minimum number of signatures of qualified voters for that office to have been
met. The chairman, or the chairmans
designee, shall also certify the order and date and time of
filing for purposes of printing the ballots as prescribed in � 24.2-529,
provided that the State Board shall determine the order and date and time of
filing for candidates for United States Senator, Governor, Lieutenant Governor,
and Attorney General for such purposes. Each state
party chairman, or the chairmans
designee, shall comply with the provisions of this section
not less than 70 days before the primary.
B. In no case shall the individual who is a candidate for an office be the person who certifies the names of candidates for a primary for that same office. In such case the party shall designate an alternate official to certify the candidates.
|01/31/2020||Senate||Senate: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections|
|01/30/2020||House||House: VOTE: Passage (56-Y 44-N)|
|01/24/2020||House||House: Reported from Privileges and Elections (13-Y 9-N)|
|01/23/2020||House||House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 0-N)|
|01/13/2020||House||House: Assigned P & E sub: Campaign Finance|
|01/07/2020||House||House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102715D|
|01/07/2020||House||House: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections|