Elections & Redistricting

Bills CommitteeLast actionDate
HB 15 - Ware - Elections administration; requests made pursuant to the FOIA, deferment of response. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections(H) Left in Privileges and Elections02/15/22
notes: Allows local electoral boards and general registrars to defer providing a response to a request received under the Freedom of Information Act on or after the first day of in-person absentee voting for any election and before the tenth day following the local electoral board's certification of such election. The bill requires that notice of the deferment be provided to the requestor.
HB 24 - Walker - Voter identification; identification containing a photograph required. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections(H) Left in Privileges and Elections02/15/22
notes: Requires presentation of a form of identification containing a photograph in order to vote. The bill repeals the provisions of law permitting a voter who does not have one of the required forms of identification to vote after signing a statement, subject to felony penalties for false statements, that he is the named registered voter he claims to be. Instead, the bill provides that such voter is entitled to cast a provisional ballot.
HB 34 - Campbell, R.R. - Absentee voting; return of absentee ballots, drop-off locations. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Passed by indefinitely in Privileges and Elections (8-Y 6-N)02/22/22
notes: Repeals the provisions of law providing for the establishment of drop-off locations for the return of absentee ballots.
HB 35 - Campbell, R.R. - Absentee voting; excuse required to vote absentee by mail, etc. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections(H) Left in Privileges and Elections02/15/22
notes: Requires a registered voter to provide a reason for being absent or unable to vote at his polling place on election day in order to receive an absentee ballot to vote by mail. Registered voters offering to vote absentee in person are similarly required by the bill to provide a reason until the second Saturday immediately preceding an election, at which time an excuse is not required to vote absentee in person. The bill provides that an application for an absentee ballot is required to receive an absentee ballot by mail and to vote absentee in person before the second Saturday immediately preceding an election. The bill also repeals the permanent absentee voter list and limits the special annual application to those voters with an illness or disability.
HB 36 - Campbell, R.R. - Absentee voting; permanent absentee voter list repealed. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections(H) Left in Privileges and Elections02/15/22
notes: Repeals the provisions of law by which any registered voter may apply to receive absentee ballots for all elections in which he is eligible to vote and remains on the list until the voter requests in writing to be removed from the list, the voter's registration is canceled or placed on inactive status pursuant to law, or the voter moves to a different address not in the same county or city of his registration.
HB 39 - Scott, P.A. - Absentee voting in person; available beginning on the fourteenth day prior to election. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Passed by indefinitely in Privileges and Elections (9-Y 6-N)02/22/22
notes: Limits absentee voting in person to the two weeks immediately preceding an election. During these two weeks, the bill requires that absentee voting in person be available Monday through Saturday, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day.
HB 46 - Ware - Voter identification; identification containing a photograph required. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Passed by indefinitely in Privileges and Elections (9-Y 6-N)02/22/22
notes: Requires presentation of a form of identification containing a photograph in order to vote. The bill repeals the provisions of law permitting a voter who does not have one of the required forms of identification to vote after signing a statement, subject to felony penalties for false statements, that he is the named registered voter he claims to be. Instead, the bill provides that such voter is entitled to cast a provisional ballot. The bill also repeals the provisions of law by which any registered voter may apply to receive absentee ballots for all elections in which he is eligible to vote and remains on the list until the voter requests in writing to be removed from the list, the voter's registration is canceled or placed on inactive status pursuant to law, or the voter moves to a different address not in the same county or city of his registration.
HB 54 - Greenhalgh - Absentee voting; ballots to be sorted and results to be reported by precinct. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections(H) Left in Privileges and Elections02/15/22
notes: Provides that absentee ballots processed at a central absentee precinct must be sorted by the precinct to which the voter who cast the absentee ballot is assigned and that the resulting vote totals from such ballots must be reported separately for each voter precinct.
HB 55 - Greenhalgh - Voter registration; list of decedent transmitted by St. Reg. of Vital Records to Dept. of Elections. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0004)02/23/22
notes: Requires the State Registrar of Vital Records to transmit to the Department of Elections a weekly list of decedents from the previous week. Currently, this list is transmitted monthly. The bill requires the general registrars to use this information to conduct list maintenance and to promptly cancel the registration of a person on the list.
HB 68 - Anderson - Voter registration; presumption of domicile, members of a uniformed service and others. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(S) Left in Finance and Appropriations03/12/22
notes: Provides that a member of a uniformed service who is on active duty with permanent orders stationing him in the Commonwealth shall be presumed to have established domicile for purposes of satisfying the residency requirements for voter registration, if he has also established physical presence and a place of abode in the Commonwealth, unless he expressly states otherwise. The bill provides for the same presumption for his spouse and any dependent residing with him. The bill defines "uniformed service," the same way the term is defined in the Uniform Military and Overseas Voter Act, as the (i) active and reserve components of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard of the United States; (ii) Merchant Marine, commissioned corps of the Public Health Service, or commissioned corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States; or (iii) Virginia National Guard.
HB 71 - Ware - Campaign finance; prohibited contributions to candidates, Phase I Utility and Phase II Utility. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections(H) Left in Privileges and Elections02/15/22
notes: Prohibits candidates, campaign committees, and political committees from soliciting or accepting contributions from any public utility, as defined in the bill, and prohibits any public utility or any political committee established by such public utility from making any such contribution.
HB 76 - Ware - Absentee voting; reimbursement of costs to counties and cities for cost of conducting. (H) Committee on Appropriations(H) Left in Appropriations02/15/22
notes: Requires the General Assembly to establish in the general appropriation act a reimbursement plan to reimburse counties and cities, fully and annually, for the cost of conducting absentee voting in the locality.
HB 85 - Anderson - Campaign finance; contribution limits, penalty. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections(H) Left in Privileges and Elections02/15/22
notes: Imposes contribution limits on individuals giving to campaigns, political action committees and political party committees and on campaign committees contributing to other campaign committees, political action committees, or political party committees. The bill authorizes a political party committee to keep a separate legal fund for the sole purpose of paying for legal expenses.
HB 121 - Wyatt - Elections; voter identification containing photograph required, etc. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections(H) Left in Privileges and Elections02/15/22
notes: Requires presentation of a form of identification containing a photograph in order to vote and provides that a voter who does not have one of the required forms of identification is entitled to cast a provisional ballot. The bill repeals a provision that would permit any person who is qualified to register to vote to do so in person up to and including the day of the election and limits the persons who are entitled to register to vote after the close of registration records to members of a uniformed service of the United States on active duty, persons who are residing temporarily outside of the United States, and their spouses and dependents. The bill limits the period during which absentee voting in person is available from 45 days to the 10 days immediately preceding the date of the election, including both Saturdays. The bill requires that absentee ballots returned by mail be returned to the office of the general registrar by the close of polls on election day and be postmarked on or before the Saturday preceding the date of the election. The bill eliminates the use of drop-off locations for the return of absentee ballots. The bill requires absentee ballot applications to contain the last four digits of the applicant's social security number and provides that the failure of an absentee ballot to include a witness signature is a material omission, rendering the ballot void.
HB 125 - Davis - Elections; political campaign advertisements, violations, civil penalties not to exceed $25,000. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0744)04/27/22
notes: Provides that sponsors violating political campaign advertisement disclosure laws with advertisements or campaign telephone calls that expressly advocate against a clearly identified candidate shall be subject to a civil penalty of $10,000.
HB 130 - Cherry - Constitutional amendment; qualifications of voters and the right to vote (voter referendum). (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections(H) Left in Privileges and Elections02/15/22
notes: Provides for a referendum at the November 8, 2022, general election to approve or reject an amendment that would provide for the fundamental right to vote in the Commonwealth, revise the qualifications of voters so that a person convicted of a felony is not entitled to vote during his period of incarceration but is automatically invested with the right to vote upon release from incarceration, and update the existing prohibition on voting by persons found to be mentally incompetent to instead apply to persons who have been found to lack the capacity to understand the act of voting.
HB 149 - Runion - Absentee ballots; witness requirement, printed name and residence address. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections(H) Left in Privileges and Elections02/15/22
notes: Requires that a witness to a voter's absentee ballot provide, in addition to his signature, his printed name, his date of birth, the last four digits of his social security number, and his residence address
HB 174 - Bloxom - Campaign finance; out-of-district contribution limits, civil penalty. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections(H) Left in Privileges and Elections02/15/22
notes: Prohibits contributions to a candidate's campaign from persons that are not residents of the Commonwealth and limits to 75 percent of total contributions to a candidate's campaign contributions from persons and committees with a candidate, treasurer, or custodian of books who are not residents of the district served by the office to which the candidate is seeking election. The bill provides that contributions made by a candidate or a candidate's family to the candidate's campaign do not count toward such contribution limits. The bill also provides that penalties for violations of such contribution limits may equal up to two times the excess contribution amounts.
HB 175 - Bloxom - Absentee voting; applications for ballots, annual absentee voter list. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Passed by indefinitely in Privileges and Elections (9-Y 6-N)03/01/22
notes: Removes the permanent absentee voter list and provides for an annual absentee voter list by which any eligible voter who annually files an application and is enrolled on the list receives an absentee ballot for any election in which he is eligible to vote in the ensuing calendar year. The application for the annual absentee voter list requires, at a minimum, the voter to provide his printed name, date of birth, and the last four digits of his social security number. The bill also requires an applicant for an absentee ballot to provide the last four digits of his social security number on the application, regardless of whether he is completing the application in person.
HB 177 - Bloxom - Absentee voting; witness requirement for absentee ballots. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(H) Continued to 2022 Sp. Sess. 1 pursuant to HJR45503/12/22
notes: Removes the witness requirement for absentee ballots and replaces it with the requirement that the voter provide the last four number of his social security number and his date of birth.
HB 185 - Ransone - Voter registration; registration permitted up to and including the day of the election. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Passed by indefinitely in Privileges and Elections (9-Y 6-N)02/22/22
notes: Repeals a provision that would permit any person who is qualified to register to vote to register to vote in person up to and including the day of the election, notwithstanding any deadline for the close of registration records. The repeal will limit the persons who are entitled to register to vote after the close of registration records to (i) any member of a uniformed service of the United States who is on active duty, (ii) any person residing temporarily outside of the United States, and (iii) the spouse or dependent residing with someone listed in (i) or (ii).
HB 187 - McGuire - Voter registration; registration permitted up to and including the day of the election. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections(H) Left in Privileges and Elections02/15/22
notes: Repeals a provision that would permit any person who is qualified to register to vote to register to vote in person up to and including the day of the election, notwithstanding any deadline for the close of registration records. The repeal will limit the persons who are entitled to register to vote after the close of registration records to (i) any member of a uniformed service of the United States who is on active duty, (ii) any person residing temporarily outside of the United States, and (iii) the spouse or dependent residing with someone listed in (i) or (ii).
HB 195 - Ransone - Polling places; location requirements, waiver in certain circumstances. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0005)02/23/22
notes: Provides that in the event that there is no suitable building that could be used for a polling place within a precinct or within one mile of the precinct boundary, the general registrar or the governing body of the locality may request from the Department of Elections a waiver to establish a polling place that does not meet the location requirements. The bill provides that Department shall grant such a waiver and may impose any conditions on the waiver that it deems necessary or appropriate to ensure accessibility and security of the polling place.
HB 196 - Webert - Absentee voting; permanent absentee voter list repealed. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Passed by indefinitely in Privileges and Elections (9-Y 6-N)02/22/22
notes: Repeals the provisions of law by which any registered voter may apply to receive absentee ballots for all elections in which he is eligible to vote and remains on the list until the voter requests in writing to be removed from the list, the voter's registration is canceled or placed on inactive status pursuant to law, or the voter moves to a different address not in the same county or city of his registration
HB 198 - Webert - Absentee voting; permanent absentee voter list, annual notice required, reasons for removal. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections(H) Left in Privileges and Elections02/15/22
notes: Requires general registrars to send, by December 15 of each year, notice to each voter enrolled on the permanent absentee voter list that the voter is currently enrolled on the permanent absentee voter list and will remain enrolled on such list unless the voter requests to be removed. The notice shall include a return card, properly addressed and postage prepaid, by which the voter may request to be removed. The bill also requires the removal of a voter enrolled on the permanent absentee voter list if such voter offers to vote absentee in person for any election.
HB 305 - Ransone - Elections; appointment of Commissioner of Elections, membership of Board, effective date. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(H) Continued to 2022 Sp. Sess. 1 pursuant to HJR45503/12/22
notes: Applies the provisions of the Virginia Personnel Act to the chief deputy and confidential assistant for policy or administration for the Department of Elections. The bill also (i) expands the membership of the State Board of Elections from five members to six members with equal representation given to both parties; (ii) gives the State Board of Elections the authority and duty to appoint the Commissioner of Elections of the Department of Elections by a supermajority vote; (iii) requires the Department of Elections to conduct periodic assessments to ensure that voters are assigned to the correct state legislative and congressional districts based on their residential addresses; (iv) requires the State Registrar of Vital Records to transmit lists of deceased persons weekly instead of the current monthly requirement; (v) requires the general registrars to use information in the lists of deceased persons to promptly remove deceased persons from the voter registration system; (vi) requires voters to present a valid form of photo identification when they vote; (vii) provides that audits of ballot scanner machines must take place prior to the certification of election results; (viii) provides that absentee ballots must be collected daily from absentee ballot drop-off locations by certain people and according to procedures for securing such ballots; (ix) provides that a postmark on an absentee ballot must be legible and no longer includes other official indicia of confirmation of mailing by a postal or delivery service; and (x) creates work groups to evaluate the performance of the Virginia voter registration system and to develop and implement a plan to provide oversight to local election administration to assess risks
HB 310 - Ransone - Absentee voting; application requirements, absentee ballot requirements. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections(H) Left in Privileges and Elections02/15/22
notes: Requires an applicant for an absentee ballot to provide the last four digits of his social security number on the application regardless of whether he is completing the application in person and makes the failure of the absentee voter to have a witness sign his absentee ballot envelope a material omission that renders the ballot void. The bill removes the permanent absentee voter list and reinstates the special annual application for voters with a disability or illness. The bill also removes the requirement that the absentee voter return envelope be sent to absentee voters with prepaid postage.
HB 398 - Freitas - Absentee voting; ballots to be sorted and results to be reported by precinct. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections(H) Left in Privileges and Elections02/15/22
notes: Provides that absentee ballots processed at a central absentee precinct must be sorted by the precinct to which the voter who cast the absentee ballot is assigned and that the resulting vote totals from such ballots must be reported separately for each voter precinct.
HB 416 - Herring - Constitutional amendment; qualifications of voters and the right to vote (voter referendum). (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections(H) Left in Privileges and Elections02/15/22
notes: Provides for a referendum at the November 8, 2022, general election to approve or reject an amendment that would provide for the fundamental right to vote in the Commonwealth, revise the qualifications of voters so that a person convicted of a felony is not entitled to vote during his period of incarceration but is automatically invested with the right to vote upon release from incarceration, and update the existing prohibition on voting by persons found to be mentally incompetent to instead apply to persons who have been found to lack the capacity to understand the act of voting.
HB 439 - VanValkenburg - Absentee ballots; information on proposed constitutional amendments. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0254)04/08/22
notes: Requires explanations of proposed constitutional amendments and information about statewide referenda to be included with the other materials sent with absentee ballots. These neutral explanations are prepared by a nonpartisan legislative agency, in consultation with appropriate state agencies and entities, and provided to the State Board of Elections for distribution to the voters. Currently, the explanations are made available at registration sites and are posted in polling places only.
HB 441 - Sewell - Voting systems; reporting absentee results by precinct. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections(H) Left in Privileges and Elections02/15/22
notes: Includes in the definition of "voting system" on-demand ballot printing systems and ballot marking devices used to manufacture or mark ballots to be cast by voters on electronic voting and counting machines. The bill also requires general registrars to report to the Department of Election the number and results of absentee ballots cast by voters assigned to each precinct in the registrar's locality. The Department will establish standards for ascertaining and reporting such information.
HB 492 - Bulova - Campaign finance; record retention requirements and reviews of campaign finance disclosure reports. (H) Committee on Appropriations

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0258)04/08/22
notes: Requires campaign committee treasurers to retain certain records that may be used in reviews of campaign committee accounts. The bill gives the Department of Elections the authority and duty to conduct reviews of a percentage of campaign committees and to report the results of such reviews annually to the State Board of Elections, the Governor, the and General Assembly and make such report available on the Department's website.
HB 524 - Convirs-Fowler - Campaign finance; prohibited contributions to candidates. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections(H) Left in Privileges and Elections02/15/22
notes: Prohibits any candidate from soliciting or accepting a contribution from any public service corporation or any political action committee established and administered by such a corporation.
HB 528 - Batten - Absentee voting; unsolicited absentee ballot applications, required information. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Passed by indefinitely in Privileges and Elections (9-Y 6-N)02/22/22
notes: Requires any individual or organization sending an application for an absentee ballot to a registered voter that was not solicited or requested by the registered voter to include with the application instructions on completing the application and submitting it to the appropriate general registrar. The bill requires a statement that the application is not being sent by any state or local government official or agency on the envelope containing the application or on the first page of any enclosed materials. Such individuals and organizations are required to use the information provided in the list of registered voters acquired by such individual or organization from the Department of Elections pursuant to law, and a violation of this requirement is a Class 4 misdemeanor. The bill requires the Department of Elections to ensure, when providing the list of registered voters to such individual or organization for purposes of sending unsolicited absentee ballot applications, that no voter is included on the list provided if such voter has applied for an absentee ballot on or before the date the list is requested. The bill also provides that no absentee ballot sent to a registered voter that was not solicited or requested by the registered voter may be pre-populated with information the applicant is required to provide.
HB 542 - Batten - Elections administration; reclassification of assistant registrars. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0140)04/07/22
notes: Reclassifies assistant registrars as deputy registrars.
HB 544 - Batten - Voter identification; optional restrictive identification requirement. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Passed by indefinitely in Privileges and Elections (9-Y 6-N)02/22/22
notes: Allows a voter to opt into being required to show a valid photo identification issued by the Commonwealth, one of its political subdivisions, or the United States when voting in person. When a voter offers to vote and the pollbook indicates he has opted into such requirement, he shall be required to show a valid photo identification issued by the Commonwealth, one of its political subdivisions, or the United States in order to vote a regular ballot. The bill requires the voter registration application to permit an applicant to opt into this requirement and the Department of Elections to provide the means for currently registered voters to opt in as well.
HB 575 - VanValkenburg - Campaign finance; establishes contribution limits, civil penalty. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections(H) Left in Privileges and Elections02/15/22
notes: Establishes contribution limits from any individual to any candidate campaign committee, political action committee, and political party committee and from any political action committee or political party committee to any campaign committee. The bill provides that any candidate, candidate campaign committee, political action committee, political party committee, or contributor that knowingly violates the contributions limits established by the bill is subject to a civil penalty of up to two times the amount by which the contribution exceeds the limit. The bill prohibits any person that is not an individual from making any contribution to any candidate for elected office.
HB 779 - Williams - Elections; photo identification required, time for in-person absentee. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections(H) Left in Privileges and Elections02/15/22
notes: Requires presentation of a form of identification containing a photograph in order to vote. The bill repeals the provisions of law permitting a voter who does not have one of the required forms of identification to vote after signing a statement, subject to felony penalties for false statements, that he is the named registered voter he claims to be. Instead, the bill provides that such voter is entitled to cast a provisional ballot. The bill also limits absentee voting in person to the week immediately preceding an election. The bill repeals the provisions of law by which any registered voter may apply to receive absentee ballots for all elections in which he is eligible to vote and remains on the list until the voter requests in writing to be removed from the list, the voter's registration is canceled or placed on inactive status pursuant to law, or the voter moves to a different address not in the same county or city of his registration. The bill also removes provisions allowing absentee ballots received after the close of polls to be counted.
HB 780 - Williams - Voter registration; registration permitted up to and including the day of the election. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections(H) Left in Privileges and Elections02/15/22
notes: Repeals a provision that would permit any person who is qualified to register to vote to register to vote in person up to and including the day of the election, notwithstanding any deadline for the close of registration records. The repeal will limit the persons who are entitled to register to vote after the close of registration records to (i) any member of a uniformed service of the United States who is on active duty, (ii) any person residing temporarily outside of the United States, and (iii) the spouse or dependent residing with someone listed in (i) or (ii).
HB 796 - Price - Voter registration; restoration of political rights upon release from incarceration. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections(H) Left in Privileges and Elections02/15/22
notes: Provides that any person who loses his political rights as a result of a felony conviction shall be invested with those rights upon his release from incarceration and shall be entitled to register to vote. The bill directs the Department of Corrections and the State Board of Local and Regional Jails to transmit to the Department of Elections certain information for incarcerated persons with a pending date of release and requires the Department of Elections to process the information and make the necessary changes to the voter registration system to permit such persons to register to vote by the date of the person's scheduled date of release. On the date of an incarcerated person's release, the appropriate authority is required by the bill to provide a voter registration application, information on returning the form by mail or completing it by electronic means, and an official release document to serve as a safety net for voter registration. The bill amends the language regarding adjudications of mental incompetency for purposes of being qualified to vote; a person adjudicated to lack the capacity to understand the act of voting shall not be entitled to vote until that capacity has been reestablished.
HB 895 - Kilgore - Elections; local electoral boards & general registrars to perform certain risk-limiting audits, etc. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0443)04/11/22
notes: Requires local electoral boards and general registrars to perform certain risk-limiting audits, defined in the bill, under the supervision of the Department of Elections and in accordance with the procedures prescribed by the State Board of Elections. The bill provides that localities are required to participate in such audits at least once every five years. The bill also provides that the Department shall submit a report on the results of such audits to the State Board. The provisions of the bill requiring that such audits be conducted (i) for at least one randomly selected contested race for the General Assembly in the year of a general election for members of the General Assembly and (i) for any other contested race that is necessary to ensure that each locality participates in a risk-limiting audit of an office within its jurisdiction at least once every five years or that the State Board finds appropriate has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2023. The provision of the bill requiring that such audits be conducted for at least one randomly selected contested race for an office that requires certification by the State Board in the year of general election for any local office has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2024.
HB 942 - LaRock - Voter identification; identification containing a photograph required. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections(H) Left in Privileges and Elections02/15/22
notes: Requires presentation of a form of identification containing a photograph in order to vote. The bill repeals the provisions of law permitting a voter who does not have one of the required forms of identification to vote after signing a statement, subject to felony penalties for false statements, that he is the named registered voter he claims to be. Instead, the bill provides that such voter is entitled to cast a provisional ballot.
HB 945 - LaRock - Absentee voting in person; available beginning on the tenth day prior to election. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections(H) Left in Privileges and Elections02/15/22
notes: Limits absentee voting in person to the ten days immediately preceding an election.
HB 956 - LaRock - Absentee voting; deadline for returning absentee ballot. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Passed by indefinitely in Privileges and Elections (9-Y 6-N)02/22/22
notes: Requires that an absentee ballot be received before the closing of the polls on election day in order to be counted. Currently, an absentee ballot that is received after the closing of the polls but before noon on the third day after the election is counted if it is postmarked on or before the date of the election.
HB 972 - Simon - Elections; removal of officers, recall elections, petition for recall. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections(H) Left in Privileges and Elections02/15/22
notes: Provides for the removal of certain elected officers and officers appointed to elected offices by recall referendum. The bill requires a petition for recall be signed by 30 percent of the total number of votes cast at the last election for the office for which a recall is sought.
HB 973 - Simon - Campaign finance; prohibited personal use of campaign funds, complaints, hearings, civil penalty. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections(H) Left in Privileges and Elections02/15/22
notes: Prohibits any person from converting contributions to a candidate or a candidate's campaign committee for their personal use. Current law only prohibits such conversion of contributions with regard to disbursement of surplus funds at the dissolution of a campaign or political committee. The bill provides that a contribution is considered to have been converted to personal use if the contribution, in whole or in part, is used to fulfill any commitment, obligation, or expense that would exist irrespective of the person's seeking, holding, or maintaining public office but excepts from "personal use" the ordinary and accepted expenses related to campaigning for or holding elective office, including the use of campaign funds to pay for the candidate's child care expenses that are incurred as a direct result of campaign activity. Any person subject to the personal use ban may request an advisory opinion from the State Board of Elections on such matters. The bill directs the State Board of Elections to adopt emergency regulations similar to those promulgated by the Federal Election Commission to implement the provisions of the bill and to provide an updated summary of Virginia campaign finance law that reflects the Attorney General's opinion and any new regulations promulgated by the State Board of Elections.
HB 1031 - Davis - Elections; local offices, reapportionment and redistricting, effect of certain changes. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections(H) Left in Privileges and Elections02/15/22
notes: Requires in certain localities that the passage of an ordinance providing for the election of an additional member of the governing body on an at-large basis must coincide with an equal increase in the membership of the local elected school board on an at-large basis. The bills also clarifies that local elected officials in office on the effective date of a court-ordered redistricting plan must be allowed to complete their terms of office, regardless of loss of residency in a particular district due to reapportionment or redistricting.
HB 1082 - Leftwich - Elections; time of certain local elections. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Passed by indefinitely in Privileges and Elections (7-Y 6-N 2-A)02/22/22
notes: Removes a provision that requires local elections for mayor, members of a local governing body, or members of an elected school board to be held at the time of the November general election. The bill allows cities and towns that made the transition between July 1, 2021, and July 1, 2022, to provide by ordinance for its reversal.
HB 1140 - Walker - Voter registration; cancellation of registration, notice requirement. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0318)04/11/22
notes: Requires general registrars to provide notice of the cancellation of a voter's registration to the voter by mail, to the address listed in the voter's registration record, and by email, to the email address provided on the voter's registration application, if one was provided.
HB 1262 - Convirs-Fowler - Constitutional officers; form of ballot, party identification of candidates on ballots. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections(H) Left in Privileges and Elections02/15/22
notes: Extends to elections for constitutional officers the requirement that ballots identify the nominating political party for party candidates and identify independent candidates as such. Currently, this requirement applies only to federal, statewide, and General Assembly elections.
HB 1296 - Cherry - Campaign finance; prohibited personal use of campaign funds, complaints, hearings, civil penalty. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections(H) Left in Privileges and Elections02/15/22
notes: Prohibits any person from converting contributions to a candidate or a candidate's campaign committee for their personal use. Current law only prohibits such conversion of contributions with regard to disbursement of surplus funds at the dissolution of a campaign or political committee. The bill provides that a contribution is considered to have been converted to personal use if the contribution, in whole or in part, is used to fulfill any commitment, obligation, or expense that would exist irrespective of the person's seeking, holding, or maintaining public office but excepts from "personal use" the ordinary and accepted expenses related to campaigning for or holding elective office, including the use of campaign funds to pay for the candidate's child care expenses that are incurred as a direct result of campaign activity. Any person subject to the personal use ban may request an advisory opinion from the State Board of Elections on such matters. The bill directs the State Board of Elections to adopt emergency regulations similar to those promulgated by the Federal Election Commission to implement the provisions of the bill and to provide an updated summary of Virginia campaign finance law that reflects the Attorney General's opinion and any new regulations promulgated by the State Board of Elections.
HB 1302 - Helmer - Campaign finance; prohibits contributions from persons that are not individuals. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections(H) Left in Privileges and Elections02/15/22
notes: Prohibits any person that is not an individual from making any contribution in excess of $20,000 that is not a bundled contribution composed of amounts attributable to individual donors to a candidate, campaign committee, political action committee, political party committee, referendum committee, or inaugural committee. The bill also prohibits the acceptance of any such contribution. Any such committee that accepts bundled contributions is required to report the complete identifying information of all the individual contributors whose contributions compose the bundled contribution, regardless of the amount of the bundled contribution attributed to any such individual.
HB 1311 - Avoli - Waynesboro, City of; amending charter, elections and appointments. (H) Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns

(S) Committee on Local Government
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0332)04/11/22
notes: Changes the composition of the council of the City of Waynesboro to have one member from each of the four wards, who must reside in that ward and be elected by the voters of that ward, and one member at large, who can reside in any ward and is elected by the voters at large. The bill changes the position of chairman to that of mayor and creates a vice mayor position. The bill extends from one year to two years the term of other city officers, including city manager and city clerk. The bill changes dates to reflect the change of elections from May to November and the start of terms from July to Janua
HJ 9 - Cherry - Constitutional amendment; qualifications of voters and the right to vote (second reference). (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections(H) Left in Privileges and Elections02/15/22
notes: Provides that every person who meets the qualifications of voters set forth in the Constitution shall have the fundamental right to vote in the Commonwealth and that such right shall not be abridged by law, except for persons who have been convicted of a felony and persons who have been adjudicated to lack the capacity to understand the act of voting. A person who has been convicted of a felony shall not be entitled to vote during any period of incarceration for such felony conviction, but upon release from incarceration for that felony conviction and without further action required of him such person shall be invested with all political rights, including the right to vote. Currently, in order to be qualified to vote a person convicted of a felony must have his civil rights restored by the Governor or other appropriate authority. The amendment also provides that a person adjudicated by a court of competent jurisdiction as lacking the capacity to understand the act of voting shall not be entitled to vote during this period of incapacity until his capacity has been reestablished as prescribed by law. Currently, the Constitution provides that a person who has been adjudicated to be mentally incompetent is not qualified to vote until his competency is reestablished.
SB 3 - Suetterlein - Voting systems; reporting absentee results by precinct, definitions. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0126)04/07/22
notes: Provides that absentee ballots processed at a central absentee precinct must be sorted by the precinct to which the voter who cast the absentee ballot is assigned and that the resulting vote totals from such ballots must be reported separately for each voter precinct.
SB 21 - Locke - Constitutional amendment; qualifications of voters and the right to vote (voter referendum). (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(H) Left in Privileges and Elections03/08/22
notes: Provides for a referendum at the November 8, 2022, general election to approve or reject an amendment that would provide for the fundamental right to vote in the Commonwealth, revise the qualifications of voters so that a person convicted of a felony is not entitled to vote during his period of incarceration but is automatically invested with the right to vote upon release from incarceration, and update the existing prohibition on voting by persons found to be mentally incompetent to instead apply to persons who have been found to lack the capacity to understand the act of voting
SB 39 - Spruill - Constitutional officers; form of ballot, party identification of candidates on ballots. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(H) Left in Privileges and Elections03/08/22
notes: Extends to elections for constitutional officers the requirement that ballots identify the nominating political party for party candidates and identify independent candidates as such. Currently, this requirement applies only to federal, statewide, and General Assembly elections.
SB 45 - Petersen - Campaign finance; prohibited contributions to candidates. (S) Committee on Privileges and Elections(S) Passed by indefinitely in Privileges and Elections (11-Y 4-N)02/01/22
notes: Prohibits candidates, campaign committees, and political committees from soliciting or accepting contributions from any public utility, as defined in the bill, and prohibits any public utility or any political committee established by such public utility from making any such contribution.
SB 66 - Suetterlein - Elections; filling vacancies in the General Assembly, certain vacancies to be filled within 30 days. (S) Committee on Privileges and Elections(S) Continued to 2023 in Privileges and Elections (9-Y 6-N)01/25/22
notes: Requires the writ of election to fill a vacancy in the membership of the General Assembly that occurs between December 10 and March 1 to order that the special election take place no more than 30 days from the date of such vacancy.
SB 67 - Suetterlein - Campaign finance; political action committees, certain large pre-election expenditures. (S) Committee on Privileges and Elections(S) Continued to 2023 in Privileges and Elections (15-Y 0-N)02/08/22
notes: Requires in-state political action committees to file a report for any single expenditure of $1,000 or more made between October 1 and the date of the November election. Such reports are to be made electronically and must be received by the State Board by 11:59 p.m. on the following day or, for an expenditure made on a Saturday, by 11:59 p.m. on the following Monday. However, the bill requires that any such expenditure made within the 24 hours prior to the election day be reported and a report thereof received on the day prior to the election.