Virginia Bill Passes, Requires Major Parties to Check Signatures of Primary Candidates for Validity

On February 15, the Virginia legislature passed HB 2147. It requires parties that nominate by primary to check the validity of petitions, when candidates file to appear on a party primary ballot. In Virginia, primary candidates file their petitions with their party, not with government election officials. In the past, sometimes the major parties simply assumed petitions were valid if they contained more than the required number of signatures.


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