Twenty-two Virginia legislators are jointly sponsoring a bill that would eliminate the ability of parties to nominate by convention. Currently, Virginia is the only state in which major parties ever use a nomination process for Congress and state legislative office that does not involve a primary.
The bill is SB 507, sponsored by five Republican State Senators, four Democratic State Senators, ten Republican Delegates, and three Democratic Delegates. The bill doesn’t say that conventions can’t be used; it just says that conventions can’t be used if there are any overseas military voters who won’t be able to participate if a convention is used.
An identical bill in the lower chamber is HB 194.