Elections & Redistricting

Bills CommitteeLast actionDate
HB 1 - Herring - Absentee voting; no excuse required. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections01/31/20
notes: Permits any registered voter to vote by absentee ballot in any election in which he is qualified to vote. The bill removes the current list of statutory reasons under which a person may be entitled to vote by absentee ballot and removes references to those reasons from other sections of the Code. The bill incorporates HB 25, HB 208, and HB 209.
HB 19 - Lindsey - Voter identification; signed statement in lieu of required form of identification, penalty. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections02/12/20
notes: Permits a voter who does not show one of the required forms of identification when offering to vote to sign a statement that he is the named registered voter he claims to be in order to be permitted to cast a ballot. Such statement is signed subject to felony penalties for making false statements, punishable as a Class 5 felony. A voter who does not show one of the required forms of identification and does not complete or sign the statement shall be offered a provisional ballot according to the provisions of current law. The bill adds language regarding identification requirements for certain voters subject to the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002. The bill incorporates HB 190 and HB 878.

HB 43 - Cole, M.L. - Provisional voting; persons voting in split precincts. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Rereferred to Privileges and Elections02/17/20
notes: Provides that any voter who is assigned to a precinct that is split between two or more election districts and who believes he was given a ballot for the district of which he is not a qualified voter may request, prior to casting the ballot, and shall be permitted to cast a provisional ballot for the district of which he believes he is a qualified voter and for the district in which the pollbook indicates he is registered. The bill requires the ballots to be sealed in envelopes labeled with the corresponding district number and then sealed in the green envelope provided for all provisional ballots. At the meeting to determine the validity of all provisional ballots offered in the election, the electoral board shall verify in which district the voter is qualified and count that ballot.
HB 57 - Fowler - Elections; date of June primary election. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections01/31/20
notes: Changes the date of the primary election held in June from the second Tuesday in June to the third Tuesday in June. The bill also changes candidate filing deadlines to reflect the change of date.
HB 105 - Lindsey - Congressional and state legislative districts; written descriptions of boundaries not required. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Rules
(S) Referred to Committee on Rules02/12/20
notes: Removes the requirement that the Division of Legislative Services prepare written descriptions of the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts. The bill does not affect provisions under current law that district boundaries are legally defined by the county and city boundaries reported in the decennial Census reports and by reference to precincts, parts of precincts, and census blocks listed in the Statistical Reports for each district.
HB 108 - Lindsey - Legal holidays; Election Day. (H) Committee on Rules

(S) Committee on Rules
(S) Referred to Committee on Rules02/07/20
notes: Designates Election Day, the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, as a state holiday and removes Lee-Jackson Day as a state holiday.
HB 146 - Lindsey - Sample ballots; color of paper of unofficial sample ballots. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections02/03/20
notes: Removes the restriction on unofficial sample ballots being printed on yellow paper. With this bill, unofficial sample ballots are prohibited only from being printed on white paper. The bill contains technical amendments for clarity and readability.
HB 179 - Levine - Recounts; procedure for certain ballots. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections02/12/20
notes: Requires recount officials to segregate all ballots for which there is a question regarding the ballot's validity prior to the conclusion of the recount of each precinct. The bill provides that the recount court may not consider the validity of any ballots not set aside prior to the conclusion of the recount of each precinct.
HB 186 - Simon - Election day page program; central absentee voter precinct. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections01/31/20
notes: Removes the prohibition against an election day page program being conducted in a central absentee voter precinct.
HB 196 - Gooditis - Employment discrimination; prohibits against electoral board member, etc., for election day service. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections02/07/20
notes: Prohibits discrimination in employment against electoral board members and assistant general registrars on the basis of service on election day or at a meeting of the electoral board following the election to ascertain the results of the election. Current law prohibits such employment discrimination only on the basis of election day service and only against officers of election. A violation of the bill's provisions is a Class 3 misdemeanor.
HB 198 - Price - Recounts; special election to be held in the case of a tie vote. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections02/12/20
notes: Provides that if, after a recount of an election, the recount court finds that each party to the recount has received an equal number of votes, there shall be a special election to determine which candidate is elected to the office. This provision would not apply in cases of recounts of elections for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, or Attorney General; the Constitution of Virginia sets out the process for determining a winner in the case of tie votes for statewide offices. This bill incorporates HB 178 and HB 692.
HB 201 - Ayala - Elections; same-day registration, same-day registration. (H) Committee on Appropriations

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections02/11/20
notes: Provides any person who is qualified to vote is entitled to register to vote in person up to and including the day of the election at the office of the general registrar in the locality in which the person resides or at the polling place for the precinct in which the person resides. Under current law, registration records close for registration purposes, whether in person or by other means, 21 days prior to a primary or general election. The bill has a delayed effective date of October 1, 2022. The bill incorporates HB 187.
HB 202 - Tran - Officers of election; timing of additional training following change in law or regulation. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections02/07/20
notes: Requires the additional training for officers of elections occurring after a change in an election law or regulation to take place not less than three days prior to the first election occurring in the locality after the law or regulation has taken effect. Under current law, such training is required to take place not later than three days prior to the November general election following the enactment of the law or regulation.
HB 207 - VanValkenburg - Absentee voting; no excuse required, permanent absentee voter list. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections01/31/20
notes: Permits any registered voter to vote by absentee ballot in any election in which he is qualified to vote. The bill removes the current list of statutory reasons under which a person may be entitled to vote by absentee ballot and removes references to those reasons from other sections of the Code. The bill also provides for a special application by which any registered voter may apply to receive absentee ballots for all elections in which he is eligible to vote. A voter on the permanent absentee voter list 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, an absentee ballot sent to the voter is returned as undeliverable, or the voter moves to a different address not in the same county or city of his registration. The provisions of the bill providing for a permanent absentee voter list do not become effective until July 1, 2021.
HB 213 - Sullivan - Voter identification; accepted forms of identification, out-of-state student identification card. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections02/12/20
notes: Adds to the list of acceptable forms of voter identification a valid student photo identification card issued by any institution of higher education located in any other state or territory of the United States. Current law allows students from any institution of higher education located in the Commonwealth to use their student photo identification cards for purposes of voting.
HB 214 - Sullivan - Candidate petitions; residency of petition circulators, signed statement required for nonresident. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections02/07/20
notes: Removes the requirement that a person circulating a petition of qualified voters be a legal resident of the Commonwealth. The bill requires a nonresident petition circulator to sign a statement on the affidavit accompanying the petition that he consents to the jurisdiction of the courts of Virginia in resolving any disputes concerning the circulation of petitions, or signatures contained therein, by that person. The signatures of qualified voters collected by a nonresident petition circulator who fails to sign such statement, or who later fails to appear or produce documents when properly served with a subpoena to do so, shall not be counted towards the minimum number of signatures required by law.
HB 220 - Krizek - Absentee voting; postage prepaid on return envelope. (H) Committee on Appropriations

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections02/07/20
notes: Requires the envelope provided to an absentee voter for the return of the absentee ballot to include prepaid postage.
HB 232 - Willett - Mail voter registration application forms; distribution to certain public and private institutions. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections02/07/20
notes: Requires the Department of Elections to provide a reasonable number of mail voter registration application forms to public institutions of higher education, nonprofit private institutions of higher education that are eligible to participate in the Tuition Assistance Grant Program, and any other education institution that is authorized to issue bonds. The bill requires the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to assist the Department by providing a list of such institutions and by requesting those institutions to make the mail voter registration application forms available to students.
HB 235 - Cole, J.G. - Voter registration; automatic voter registration. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections02/12/20
notes: Provides for the automatic electronic transmission by the Department of Motor Vehicles to the Department of Elections of certain information for any person coming into an office of the Department of Motor Vehicles or accessing its website in order to (i) apply for, replace, or renew a driver's license; (ii) apply for, replace, or renew a special identification card; or (iii) change an address on an existing driver's license or special identification card if the person indicates that he is a United States citizen and is 17 years of age or older and, at the time of the transaction, does not decline to have his information transmitted to the Department of Elections for voter registration purposes. The option to decline to have his information so transmitted shall be presented at the time of one of the specified transactions with the Department of Motor Vehicles and shall be accompanied by a warning that intentionally making a materially false statement during the transaction is punishable under Virginia law as a felony. Upon receipt of the information collected to ensure that the person meets all voter registration eligibility requirements, the Department of Elections is required to determine whether the person is already registered to vote. If the person is not already registered to vote, the Department of Elections is required to transmit the information to the appropriate general registrar. The bill repeals the requirement that the Department of Motor Vehicles offer, accept, receive, and send voter registration applications.
HB 236 - Sickles - Elections, State Board of; increasing membership and terms, role and eligibility, report. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections02/07/20
notes: Increases the membership of the State Board of Elections from three members to five members. Representation is given to each of the political parties having the highest and next highest number of votes in the Commonwealth at the preceding gubernatorial election, with three Board members being of the party of the Governor. Terms are initially staggered. The bill provides that a Commissioner of Elections, who acts as the principal administrative officer of the Department of Elections, shall be appointed by the Governor. Persons engaging in certain partisan activities, persons related to persons engaging in certain partisan activities, and persons related to members of the State Board are prohibited from serving as the Commissioner of Elections.

HB 237 - Sickles - Electoral boards, local; terms to begin January 1. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections02/07/20
notes: Provides for terms of local electoral board members to begin on January 1. If the results of an election have not been certified by the board or a recount of an election has not concluded, the term will expire at midnight on the day the results are certified or the recount is concluded, instead of December 31. Currently, terms begin March 1.

HB 238 - Sickles - Absentee voting; deadline for returning absentee ballot. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections01/31/20
notes: Provides that any absentee ballot that is returned to the general registrar after the closing of the polls on election day but before noon on the third day after the election and postmarked on or before the date of the election shall be counted if the voter is found entitled to vote. The bill contains technical amendments.
HB 239 - Sickles - Absentee voting; extends deadline for applying for an absentee ballot to cast other than in person. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections01/31/20
notes: Extends the deadline for a voter to apply for an absentee ballot that is to be cast by mail from the seventh day prior to the election to the eleventh day prior to the election. The bill also adjusts the deadline for applications for multiple elections for uniformed and overseas voters and for emergency applications and absentee ballots for persons incapacitated or hospitalized.
HB 240 - Sickles - Absentee voting; annual applications for eligible absentee voters. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections01/31/20
notes: Provides that any person who is eligible for an absentee ballot pursuant to law and who is likely to remain so eligible for the remainder of the calendar year shall be eligible to file a special annual application to receive ballots for all elections in which he is eligible to vote in that calendar year. This application requires a statement signed by the voter that he is eligible for an absentee ballot pursuant to law and is likely to remain so eligible for the remainder of the calendar year. Under current law, such a special annual application is available to persons who are eligible to vote absentee due to a disability or illness and are likely to remain eligible to vote absentee due to such disability or illness.
HB 241 - Sickles - Protected voter status; certain evidence not required. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections02/07/20
notes: Removes the requirement that a person who is in fear for his personal safety from another person who has threatened or stalked him must provide evidence that he has filed a complaint with a magistrate or law-enforcement official against such other person in order to be granted protected voter status. The bill does not eliminate the requirement that he submit a signed written statement that he is in fear for his personal safety for him to be granted protected voter status.
HB 242 - Sickles - Absentee voting; emergency voting. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections02/12/20
notes: Provides a process by which a qualified voter is permitted to vote by absentee ballot when an emergency either prevented him from applying for an absentee ballot by the deadline or will prevent him from voting in person on election day. The bill also provides for the Commissioner of Elections to take administrative action to facilitate absentee voting by those persons providing emergency or other services in an area in which a state of emergency has been declared. The bill contains technical amendments that consolidate current Code sections regarding emergency absentee voting.
HB 506 - Hope - County manager plan; election of board members by instant runoff voting. (H) Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections02/07/20
notes: Provides that, in a county operating under the county manager plan of government (Arlington County), elections to nominate candidates for and to elect candidates to the board of supervisors may be conducted by instant runoff voting, which the bill describes as the method of casting and tabulating votes in which (i) voters rank candidates in order of preference, (ii) tabulation proceeds in sequential rounds in which last-place candidates are defeated, and (iii) the candidate or candidates with the most votes in the final round are elected. The bill provides that any costs incurred by the Department of Elections related to technological changes necessary for the implementation of ranked choice voting pursuant to the bill shall be charged to the localities exercising the option to proceed with ranked choice voting.
HB 539 - Carr - Elections, State Board. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections02/07/20
notes: Requires that the State Board of Elections' supervision of the work of the local electoral boards and general registrars ensure that major risks to election integrity are identified and assessed and addressed as necessary to promote election uniformity, legality, and purity. This bill is a recommendation of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission.

HB 540 - Carr - Elections administration; Department of Elections to employ a Director of Operations. (H) Committee on Appropriations

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections02/10/20
notes: Directs the Department of Elections to employ a Director of Operations, who will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations at the Department and ensuring (i) fulfillment of the Department's mission and responsibilities; (ii) compliance with state and federal election laws and regulations; and (iii) compliance with the Department's business, administrative, and financial policies. The bill provides that the Director of Operations position is a full-time classified position subject to the Virginia Personnel Act. This bill is a recommendation of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission.
HB 758 - VanValkenburg - Redistricting; establishes the Virginia Redistricting Commission. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections02/12/20
notes: Establishes the Virginia Redistricting Commission (the Commission) pursuant to Article II, Sections 6 and 6-A of the Constitution of Virginia. The Commission, tasked with establishing districts for the United States House of Representatives and for the Senate and the House of Delegates of the General Assembly, will consist of eight legislative commissioners and eight citizen commissioners. The legislative commissioners consist of four members of the Senate of Virginia and four members of the House of Delegates, with equal representation given to the political parties having the highest and next highest number of members in their respective houses. The citizen commissioners are chosen by a selection committee consisting of five retired judges of the circuit courts of Virginia, from lists submitted to the selection committee by the Speaker of the House of Delegates, the leader in the House of Delegates of the political party having the next highest number of members in the House of Delegates, the President pro tempore of the Senate of Virginia, and the leader in the Senate of the political party having the next highest number of members in the Senate. The bill contains eligibility requirements for the citizen commissioners, including restrictions on holding or having held partisan national or state public office. As part of the application process for service on the Commission, the Division of Legislative Services acts as a repository for applications submitted by interested persons and is tasked with screening out applicants who are ineligible or submit incomplete applications. The applications of the citizen candidates selected by political leadership and submitted for consideration to the selection committee are public records.
HB 761 - VanValkenburg - Elections; preclearance of certain covered practices required, definitions. (H) Committee on Appropriations

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections02/10/20
notes: Requires the governing body of a covered jurisdiction, prior to enacting or seeking to administer any voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or any standard, practice, or procedure with respect to voting, that is a covered practice, to either (i) institute an action in the circuit court for the jurisdiction for a declaratory judgment that the covered practice neither has the purpose or effect of denying or abridging the right to vote on account of race or color or membership in a language minority group nor will it result in the retrogression in the position of members of a racial or ethnic group with respect to their effective exercise of the electoral franchise or (ii) submit such covered practice to the Office of the Attorney General for issuance of a certification that no objection exists to the enactment or administration by the covered jurisdiction of the covered practice. A covered practice cannot be given effect until the circuit court has entered such judgement or the Attorney General has issued such certification. The bill provides to a covered jurisdiction the right to appeal an objection by the Attorney General and to an aggrieved citizen the right to appeal the Attorney General's issuance of a certification of no objection. A "covered jurisdiction" is defined to mean any county, city, or town that is determined by the Attorney General to have a voting age population that contains two or more racial or ethnic groups, each constituting at least 20 percent of its voting age population. The bill also defines "covered practice."

HB 784 - VanValkenburg - Constitutional amendment; apportionment, Virginia Redistricting Commission (voter referendum). (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections02/12/20
notes: Provides for a referendum at the November 3, 2020, election to approve or reject amendments to the Constitution of Virginia establishing the Virginia Redistricting Commission and providing for the reapportionment of the Commonwealth to be done by such Commission. If approved by the voters, the amendments would become effective on November 15, 2020.
HB 872 - Bourne - Voter registration by mail; certain first-time voters permitted to vote by absentee ballot. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections02/07/20
notes: Adds to the list of exceptions to the requirement that first-time voters who registered to vote by mail must vote in person those voters who are entitled under current law to vote by absentee ballot because they are confined while awaiting trial or for having been convicted of a misdemeanor. The bill incorporates HB 185.

HB 1053 - Levine - Voting systems; voter-verifiable paper record. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections02/12/20
notes: Requires any electronic voting system approved by the State Board of Elections to retain each printed ballot cast. Printed ballots are currently defined to include machine-readable ballots, and the bill amends the definition of a machine-readable ballot to mean a tangible ballot that is marked by a voter or by a system or device operated by voter, is available for verification by the voter at the time the ballot is cast, and is then fed into and scanned by a separate counting machine. The bill amends the requirements for sealing and delivering ballots after an election to include printed ballots; current law only addresses paper ballots.

HB 1061 - Adams, D.M. - Campaign finance; committee depositories and reimbursement. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections01/24/20
notes: Clarifies that committee treasurers may pay expenses by electronic debit drawn on a designated committee depository. Current law only allows for a check drawn on such depository. The bill also clarifies that reimbursements may be made for electronic debit payments made by an authorized committee representative. The bill contains technical amendments
HB 1086 - Price - Voting; restrictions on the basis of race. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections02/12/20
notes: Repeals several Acts of Assembly that implemented and enforced a state poll tax and provided for separate registration records on the basis of race.
HB 1103 - Hudson - Ranked choice voting; elections for local governing bodies, local option pilot program. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections02/10/20
notes: Provides that elections for local governing bodies may be conducted by ranked choice voting, which the bill defines as the method of casting and tabulating votes in which (i) voters rank candidates in order of preference, (ii) tabulation proceeds in rounds in each of which either a candidate or candidates are elected or the last-place candidate is defeated, (iii) votes for voters' next-ranked candidates are transferred from elected or defeated candidates, and (iv) tabulation ends when the number of candidates elected equals the number of offices to be filled. The bill allows any local governing body to decide to conduct such election by ranked choice voting and requires any such decision to be made in consultation with the local electoral board and general registrar and by a majority vote of the governing body. The bill authorizes the State Board of Elections to promulgate regulations for the proper and efficient administration of elections determined by ranked choice voting. The bill provides that any costs incurred by the Department of Elections related to technological changes necessary for the implementation of ranked choice voting pursuant to the bill shall be charged to the localities exercising the option to proceed with ranked choice voting. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2021, and sunsets on July 1, 2031.
HB 1116 - Hudson - Political parties; notification of adoption of primary election, certification of candidates. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections01/31/20
notes: Directs the state political party chairmen, or their designees, to notify the Department of Elections of the party's adoption of a primary election for any office. The bill also directs state political party chairmen, or their designees, to certify to the Department of Elections the names of any candidate who has been nominated by the party through a nomination method other than a primary. Currently, these notification and certification responsibilities are shared by the state, district, and political subdivision party committee chairmen for their respective offices. The bill also provides that if a state party chairman, or his designee, fails to certify the name of a candidate for an office, the Department of Elections shall declare that there is no candidate nominated by the party for that office. The bill contains technical amendments that reflect the current administrative responsibilities of the Department of Elections.
HB 1210 - Tran - Minority language accessibility; voting and election materials. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections02/07/20
notes: Requires the State Board of Elections to prescribe, and a covered locality to provide, voting and election materials in languages other than English. A county, city, or town is designated by the State Board as a covered locality if the State Board determines, in consultation with the Director of the Census, based on the 2010 American Community Survey census data and subsequent American Community Survey data in five-year increments, or comparable census data, that (i) either (a) more than five percent of the citizens of voting age of such county, city, or town are members of a single language minority and are unable to speak or understand English adequately enough to participate in the electoral process; (b) more than 10,000 of the citizens of voting age of such county, city, or town are members of a single language minority and are unable to speak or understand English adequately enough to participate in the electoral process; or (c) in the case of a county, city, or town containing all or any part of an Indian reservation, more than five percent of the American Indian citizens of voting age within the Indian reservation are members of a single language minority and are unable to speak or understand English adequately enough to participate in the electoral process and (ii) the illiteracy rate of the citizens of the language minority as a group is higher than the national illiteracy rate. The bill also allows the State Board to make available voting and election materials in any additional languages other than those required as it deems necessary and appropriate. The State Board may accept voting and election materials translated by volunteers but shall verify the accuracy of such translations prior to making the tr
HB 1255 - Price - Congressional and state legislative districts; standards and criteria. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections02/12/20
notes: Provides criteria by which congressional and state legislative districts are to be drawn. Such criteria include equal population requirements, with a deviation of no more than five percent permitted for state legislative districts; compliance with laws and judicial decisions relating to racial and ethnic fairness; preservation of communities of interest, which are defined to mean a neighborhood or any geographically defined group of people living in an area who share similar social, cultural, and economic interests; and compactness and contiguity. The bill also includes provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, related to redistricting, prohibiting the drawing of districts in ways that improperly dilute minority populations' voting power. Maps of districts, when considered on a statewide basis, are prohibited from unduly favoring or disfavoring any political party. The bill further provides for the preparation and use of adjusted population data for redistricting and reapportionment purposes to reflect the reallocation of persons incarcerated in federal, state, and local correctional facilities. Persons incarcerated in such a facility whose address at the time of incarceration was in the Commonwealth are to be counted at that address and persons incarcerated in such a facility whose address at the time of incarceration was outside of the Commonwealth or cannot be determined are to be counted at the facility.
HB 1256 - Price - Virginia Redistricting Advisory Commission; established. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections02/12/20
notes: Establishes the Virginia Redistricting Advisory Commission (the Commission), a statutory legislative commission tasked with proposing districts for the United States House of Representatives and for the Senate and the House of Delegates of the General Assembly that adhere to certain constitutional and statutory criteria and that will be submitted for consideration and adoption by the General Assembly. The Commission will consist of eight legislative commissioners and eight citizen commissioners. The legislative commissioners consist of four members of the Senate of Virginia and four members of the House of Delegates, with equal representation given to the political parties having the highest and next highest number of members in their respective houses. The citizen commissioners are chosen by a selection committee consisting of five retired judges of the circuit courts of Virginia, from lists submitted to the selection committee by the Speaker of the House of Delegates, the leader in the House of Delegates of the political party having the next highest number of members in the House of Delegates, the President pro tempore of the Senate of Virginia, and the leader in the Senate of the political party having the next highest number of members in the Senate. The bill contains eligibility requirements for the citizen commissioners, including restrictions on holding or having held partisan national or state public office. As part of the application process for service on the Commission, the Division of Legislative Services acts as a repository for applications submitted by interested persons and is tasked with screening out applicants who are ineligible or submit incomplete applications. The applications of the citizen candidates selected by political lea
HB 1285 - Wilt - Local electoral boards; office vacated if board member ceases to be qualified voter of county, etc. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections02/07/20
notes: Provides that if a member of a local electoral board ceases to be a qualified voter of the county or city for which he was appointed, his office is vacated and such vacancy is to be filled as provided by law. The bill clarifies that a person must be a qualified voter of the county or city in order to be eligible to serve as an electoral board member of that county or city.

HB 1556 - Watts - Political campaign advertisements; disclosures, authorization statement. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections02/07/20
notes: Requires that when a disclosure statement for any political campaign advertisement includes the candidate's name for the purpose of meeting the disclosure requirement, the name must be the same as it appears on the ballot. When a disclosure statement includes the name of a campaign committee, the name must be the same as it appears on the statement of organization. The bill also requires candidates, when filing a statement of qualification, to state how he would like his name to appear on the ballot; currently, this is optional. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2021, and further provides that any print media advertisement paid for or distributed prior to the effective date of the bill shall not be subject to the requirements of the bill.

HB 1678 - Lindsey - Election day; extending polling hours from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections02/12/20
notes: Extends from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. the time at which polls close on election day. The bill aligns candidate filing deadlines and party nomination deadlines with the closing of polls. The bill provides that these changes will not become effective unless reenacted by the 2021 Session of the General Assembly. The bill incorporates HB 1643.

SB 46 - Spruill - Absentee voting; application form contents. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(H) Assigned P & E sub: Elections02/14/20
notes: Removes the requirement that a person applying for an absentee ballot provide supporting information regarding the reason he is eligible for an absentee ballot. The applicant will still be required to provide the reason he will be absent or unable vote at his polling place on the day of the election.
SB 57 - Suetterlein - Campaign finance reports; electronic filing requirement, local and constitutional offices. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(H) Assigned P & E sub: Campaign Finance02/14/20
notes: Requires candidates for local and constitutional offices to file campaign finance reports by computer or electronic means. Under current law, only candidates for local and constitutional offices in localities with a population exceeding 70,000 are required to file campaign finance reports electronically.
SB 65 - Locke - Voter identification; repeal of photo identification requirements. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(H) Assigned P & E sub: Elections02/14/20
notes: Removes the requirement that voters show a form of identification containing a photograph in order to be allowed to vote. The bill requires a voter to show either his voter registration confirmation documents; his valid Virginia driver's license, his valid United States passport, or any other identification issued by the Commonwealth, one of its political subdivisions, or the United States; any valid student identification card issued by any institution of higher education located in the Commonwealth or any private school located in the Commonwealth; any valid student identification card issued by any institution of higher education located in any other state or territory of the United States; any valid employee identification card containing a photograph of the voter and issued by an employer of the voter in the ordinary course of the employer's business; or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter. The bill also provides that the expiration date on a Virginia driver's license is not considered when determining the validity of a driver's license offered for voter identification purposes. A voter who does not show one of the required forms of identification when offering to vote is required to sign a statement that he is the named registered voter he claims to be in order to be permitted to cast a ballot. Such statement is signed subject to felony penalties for making false statements, punishable as a Class 5 felony. A voter who does not show one of the required forms of identification and does not complete or sign the statement shall be offered a provisional ballot according to the provisions of current law. The bill adds la
SB 111 - Howell - Absentee voting; no excuse required. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(H) House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered02/18/20
notes: Permits any registered voter to vote by absentee ballot in any election in which he is qualified to vote. The bill removes the current list of statutory reasons under which a person may be entitled to vote by absentee ballot and removes references to those reasons from other sections of the Code. The bill incorporates SB 45, SB 137, SB 696, and SB 879.

SB 203 - Lucas - Virginia Redistricting Commission; established. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(H) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections02/18/20
notes: Establishes the Virginia Redistricting Commission (the Commission) pursuant to Article II, Sections 6 and 6-A of the Constitution of Virginia. The Commission, tasked with establishing districts for the United States House of Representatives and for the Senate and the House of Delegates of the General Assembly, will consist of eight legislative commissioners and eight citizen commissioners. The legislative commissioners consist of four members of the Senate of Virginia and four members of the House of Delegates, with equal representation given to the political parties having the highest and next highest number of members in their respective houses. The citizen commissioners are chosen by a selection committee consisting of five retired judges of the circuit courts of Virginia, from lists submitted to the selection committee by the Speaker of the House of Delegates, the leader in the House of Delegates of the political party having the next highest number of members in the House of Delegates, the President pro tempore of the Senate of Virginia, and the leader in the Senate of the political party having the next highest number of members in the Senate. The bill contains eligibility requirements for the citizen commissioners, including restrictions on holding or having held partisan national or state public office. As part of the application process for service on the Commission, the Division of Legislative Services acts as a repository for applications submitted by interested persons and is tasked with screening out applicants who are ineligible or submit incomplete applications. The applications of the citizen candidates selected by political leadership and submitted for consideration to the selection committee are public records.

The bi
SB 219 - Marsden - Voter registration; automatic voter registration, effective clause. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(H) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections02/18/20
notes: Provides for the automatic electronic transmission by the Department of Motor Vehicles to the Department of Elections of certain information for any person coming into an office of the Department of Motor Vehicles or accessing its website in order to (i) apply for, replace, or renew a driver's license; (ii) apply for, replace, or renew a special identification card; or (iii) change an address on an existing driver's license or special identification card if the person indicates that he is a United States citizen and is 17 years of age or older and, at the time of the transaction, does not decline to have his information transmitted to the Department of Elections for voter registration purposes. The option to decline to have his information so transmitted shall be presented at the time of one of the specified transactions with the Department of Motor Vehicles and shall be accompanied by a warning that intentionally making a materially false statement during the transaction is punishable under Virginia law as a felony. Upon receipt of the information collected to ensure that the person meets all voter registration eligibility requirements, the Department of Elections is required to determine whether the person is already registered to vote. If the person is not already registered to vote, the Department of Elections is required to transmit the information to the appropriate general registrar. The bill repeals the requirement that the Department of Motor Vehicles offer, accept, receive, and send voter registration applications. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act. This bill incorporates SB 278.
SB 236 - Barker - Constitutional amendment; apportionment, Virginia Redistricting Commission (voter referendum). (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(H) Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections02/18/20
notes: Provides for a referendum at the November 3, 2020, election to approve or reject amendments to the Constitution of Virginia establishing the Virginia Redistricting Commission and providing for the reapportionment of the Commonwealth to be done by such Commission. If approved by the voters, the amendments would become effective on November 15, 2020. This bill incorporates SB 358 and SB 974.

SB 316 - Kiggans - Elections; date of June primary election. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(H) Assigned P & E sub: Gubernatorial Appointments02/06/20
notes: Changes the date of the primary election held in June from the second Tuesday in June to the third Tuesday in June. The bill also changes candidate filing deadlines to reflect the change of date.
SB 455 - Reeves - Absentee voting; counting military and overseas absentee ballots received after close of polls. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(H) Assigned P & E sub: Elections02/14/20
notes: Provides that absentee ballots cast by military and overseas absentee voters that are (i) received after the close of the polls on any election day but before 5:00 p.m. on the fourth business day before the State Board of Elections meets to ascertain the results of the election and (ii) postmarked on or before the date of such election are to be counted if the voter is found entitled to vote. The bill provides that a postmark includes any other official indicia of confirmation of mailing by the United States Postal Service or other postal or delivery service. Under current law, such ballots cast by military and overseas absentee voters would be counted in this manner regardless of the date of any postmark, but only if the absentee ballot had been requested on or before, but not sent by, the deadline for making absentee ballots available.

SB 469 - Reeves - Primary ballot; certain required statements as qualification for candidacy, failure to timely file. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(H) Assigned P & E sub: Campaign Finance02/14/20
notes: Provides that the name of any person who does not file his written statement of qualification or statement of economic interests by the relevant deadline, or by the end of an extension period if an extension of the deadline has been granted by the State Board, shall not be printed on the primary election ballot.
SB 535 - Peake - Congressional and legislative district boundaries; alignment with boundaries. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(H) Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (5-Y 3-N)02/17/20
notes: Provides that, for purposes of congressional, Senate, and House of Delegates districts, if a boundary of such a district virtually coincides with the boundary between two or more localities, the boundary of the district shall conform to the boundary between the localities that has been (i) agreed upon by those localities, (ii) adopted in ordinances by those localities, (iii) reported by those localities to the United States Bureau of the Census, and (iv) the population of the district as a result of the boundary adjustment is within the allowable deviation for that type of district. The bill requires the State Board of Elections to review any change of boundary to determine whether there is evidence that the change was made with fraudulent intent, and if it appears there was fraudulent intent, to refer the matter to a circuit court to approve or deny the change. If two or more localities sharing a boundary cannot agree on the true boundary line between them, the boundary shall be that which was in existence on April 1, 2011, and was reported by the United States Bureau of the Census in the 2010 Census reports provided pursuant to United States Public Law 94-171. The bill provides a process by which a voter who believes he has been incorrectly assigned to an election district or precinct may request and have his assignment reviewed by the general registrar and, if necessary, the governing body of the county or city.
SB 601 - Lucas - Legal holidays; Election Day. (H) Committee on Rules

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(H) Referred to Committee on Rules02/13/20
notes: Designates Election Day, the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, as a state holiday and removes Lee-Jackson Day as a state holiday.
SB 740 - Obenshain - County and city precincts; required to be wholly contained within election districts. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(H) Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)02/17/20
notes: Requires each county and city precinct to be wholly contained within a single congressional district, Senate district, House of Delegates district, and local election district. The governing body of each county and city is required to establish its precincts immediately following the completion of the decennial redistricting by the General Assembly so that each precinct is wholly contained as required. If a governing body is unable to establish a precinct with the minimum number of registered voters without splitting the precinct between two or more congressional districts, Senate districts, House of Delegates districts, or local election districts, it is required to apply to the State Board of Elections for a waiver to administer a split precinct. The State Board is authorized to grant the waiver or to direct the establishment of a precinct with less than the minimum number of registered voters as permitted by current law. This bill incorporates SB 119 and SB 121.
SB 859 - Ebbin - Absentee voting; emergency absentee voting by and late applications for persons hospitalized. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(H) Assigned P & E sub: Elections02/14/20
notes: Amends the definition of hospital, for purposes of emergency absentee voting by or late absentee ballot applications for persons who have been hospitalized, so that it is not limited to hospitals in Virginia, the District of Columbia, or a state contiguous to Virginia. The bill also removes the requirement that a person submitting a late absentee ballot application due to the hospitalization of himself or a member of his immediate family or to the death of a member of his immediate family must be absent from his county or city on election day in order to be eligible for the late absentee ballot application.
SJ 18 - Barker - Constitutional amendment; Virginia Redistricting Commission (second reference). (S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations(S) Agreed to by Senate (38-Y 2-N)02/11/20
notes: Establishes the Virginia Redistricting Commission, a 16-member Commission tasked with establishing districts for the United States House of Representatives and for the Senate and the House of Delegates of the General Assembly. The Commission consists of eight legislative members and eight citizen members. The legislative members consist of four members of the Senate of Virginia and four members of the House of Delegates, with equal representation given to the political parties having the highest and next highest number of members in their respective houses. The citizen members are selected by a selection committee consisting of five retired judges of the circuit courts of Virginia, from lists submitted to the selection committee by the Speaker of the House of Delegates, the leader in the House of Delegates of the political party having the next highest number of members in the House of Delegates, the President pro tempore of the Senate of Virginia, and the leader in the Senate of the political party having the next highest number of members in the Senate. The Commission is required to submit to the General Assembly plans of districts for the Senate and the House of Delegates of the General Assembly no later than 45 days following the receipt of census data and plans of districts for the United States House of Representatives no later than 60 days following the receipt of census data, or July 1 of that year, whichever occurs later. The measure requires certain vote thresholds for plans, depending on the type of district, in order to be submitted to the General Assembly. No amendments may be made to a plan by the General Assembly, and any plan approved by the General Assembly becomes law without the signature of the Governor. The measure requires add