Virginia

On February 25, 2020, the Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections carried over consideration of the National Popular Vote bill until a hearing sometimes in November (status of HB177).  

  • Richard Times-Dispatch article entitled "Senate panel punts on Virginia joining states pushing popular vote over Electoral College"
  • Virginian Pilot article 
  • Washington Times article entitled "Virginia punts on National Popular Vote, will reconsider after November election"

On Feburary 11, 2020, the Virginia House of Delegates passed the National Popular Vote bill on 3rd reading by a 51-46 vote.  Delegate Luke Torian was not in the House chamber at the time of the roll call, but intended to vote YES. The Virginia House is the 41st state legislative chamber to have passed the bill.   Roll call.  The House sent the bill to the Senate (status of HB177).  

  • Washington Post article entitled "Bill giving electoral votes to popular vote winner passes."
  • The Hill article entitled "Virginia House passes bill to award electoral votes to whoever wins the popular vote"
  • Washington Times article entitled "Virginia House approves bill to join National Popular Vote, bypass Electoral College"
  • NBC12 story entitled "Bill giving electoral votes to popular vote winner passes state House"

On February 10, 2020, the National Popular Vote bill was debated by the Virginia House of Delegates on its 2nd reading, and passed on to a 3rd reading (expected to be on Tuesday February 11). 

On Feburary 7, 2020, the National Popular Vote bill was approved by the full House Committee on Privileges and Elections by a 12-9 vote (status of HB177). 

On January 27, 2020, the National Popular Vote bill was approved by a sub-committee of the House Committee on Privileges and Elections.  The sub-committee approved HB177. 

Three identical versions of the National Popular Vote bill were introduced into the Virginia legislature in January 2020 (two in the House, and one in the Senate).  There are 23 Delegates and 4 senators who are patrons (sponsors) of the various identical bills.  

  • Delegate Marcia S. "Cia" Price introduced the National Popular Vote bill in the Virginia House of Delegates as Chief Patron (status of HB199).  Delegate Marcus B. Simon is chief co-patron. Additional patrons include Senate Majority Leader Richard L. Saslaw, Senator Jennifer B. Boysko, and Senator Jennifer L. McClellan, as well as Chairman of the House Privileges and Elections Committee Joe Lindsey and Delegates Hala S. Ayala. Jeffrey M. Bourne, Betsy B. Carr, Jennifer Carroll Foy, Lee J. Carter, Joshua G. Cole, Karrie K. Delaney, Nancy D. Guy, Elizabeth R. Guzman, Patrick A. Hope, Kaye Kory, Sam Rasoul, Danica A. Roem. Ibraheem S. Samirah, Shelly A. Simonds, Schuyler T. VanValkenburg, Vivian E. Watts, and Rodney T. Willett.
  • Delegate Mark H. Levine also introduced the National Popular Vote bill in the Virginia House of Delegates as Chief Patron (HB177).  Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy is chief co-patron. Additional patrons include Delegate Dawn M. Adams, Hala S. Ayala, Nancy D. Guy, Kaye Kory, Marcia S. "Cia" Price, Ibraheem S. Samirah, and Kathy K.L. Tran
  • Senator Adam P. Ebbin introduced the National Popular Vote in the Virginia Senate as Chief Patron (status of SB399).  Additional patrons include Senator Jennifer B. Boysko (also on HB199). The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections.  

In January 2019, Delegates Mark H. Levine, Marcus B. Simon, and Kaye Kory introduced the National Popular Vote bill in the Virginia House of Delegates (status of HB 2422).

In 2018, Delegates Marcus B. Simon and Mark H. Levine introduced the National Popular Vote bill in the Virginia House of Delegates (HB99).  On February 1, 2018, Subcommittee #2 of the House Privileges and Elections Committee laid the bill on the table. 

In January 2017, Delegates Marcus B. Simon, Kaye Kory, Mark H. Levine, Kenneth R. Plum, and Marcia S. “Cia” Price and Senators Adam P. Ebbin, Janet D. Howell, and Scott. A. Surovell introduced the National Popular Vote bill (Status of HB1482). 

In January 14, 2009, Senator Senator Yvonne B. Miller introduced the National Popular Vote bill into the Virginia Senate for the 2009 session (SB 824).

A survey of 800 Virginia voters conducted on December 21-22, 2008 showed 74% overall support for a national popular vote for President. By age, support for a national popular vote was 82% among 18-29 year olds, 75% among 30-45 year olds, 75% among 46-65 year olds, and 68% for those older than 65. By gender, support for a national popular vote was 82% among women and 65% among men. By race, support for a national popular vote was 73% among whites (representing 76% of respondents), 79% among African Americans (representing 21% of respondents), and 65% among Others (representing 3% of respondents). By political affiliation, support for a national popular vote was 79% for a national popular vote among liberal Democrats (representing 17% of respondents), 86% among moderate Democrats (representing 21% of respondents), 79% among conservative Democrats (representing 10% of respondents), 76% among liberal Republicans (representing 4% of respondents), 63% among moderate Republicans (representing 14% of respondents), and 54% among conservative Republicans (representing 17% of respondents), and 79% among Others (representing 17% of respondents). The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 1/2%.