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County Commissioner Elections

Concerning the modification of county commissioner elections in counties with populations of seventy thousand or more, and, in connection therewith, requiring such counties to have five commissioners, at least three of whom are elected only by voters resident in the district from which the commissioner runs for election.
2024 Regular Session
Elections & Redistricting
Local Government
Bill Summary

Currently, in a county with a population of 70,000 or more, the board of county commissioners (board) may consist of 3 commissioners from 3 districts, with one commissioner elected from each district by voters of the whole county. Alternatively, the board may consist of 5 commissioners, the county may be divided into 3 or 5 districts, and the commissioners may be elected pursuant to one of 10 alternative methods.

The bill eliminates this discretionary system and instead requires that all counties with a population of 70,000 or more have 5 commissioners, with at least 3 commissioners elected only by voters resident in the district from which each commissioner runs for election. The bill allows the counties to choose between 2 election alternatives:

  • 3 commissioners resident in 3 districts elected by voters resident in those districts and 2 commissioners elected at large; or
  • 5 commissioners resident in 5 districts elected only by voters resident in those districts.

The bill makes conforming amendments to statutory provisions concerning commissioner districts and election petition statutes. The bill does not affect counties that have adopted home rule.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)




Bill Text


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Rep. B. Marshall
Sen. K. Priola



The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details