Elections and electronic reforms; State Board of Elections to use various electronic systems. (SB654)

Introduced By

Sen. Ralph Northam (D-Norfolk) with support from co-patron Sen. Roscoe Reynolds (D-Martinsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Electronic reforms; State Board of Elections.  Makes various amendments to Title 24.2 (Elections) that authorize the State Board of Elections to utilize various electronic systems. The bill specifies that the State Board shall (i) accept absentee voter applications and receive changes of a registered voter's name or address electronically and (ii) conduct a pilot program permitting a participating candidate for office, other than a party nominee, to provide electronically some or all of the signatures of qualified voters required to get his name on the ballot. The bill also provides that the State Board shall provide only electronic pollbooks, and not paper pollbooks, for any election held on or after July 1, 2011, and for all subsequent years and makes corresponding amendments that become effective on July 1, 2011. The bill further provides that the State Board may furnish absentee voter applicant lists to candidates or political party chairmen for use only for campaign and political purposes. Such lists shall not contain any voter's social security number, or part thereof; day and month of birth; or residence address of a voter who has provided a post office box in lieu of a residence street address. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/20/2010Presented and ordered printed 10103663D
01/20/2010Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/26/2010Assigned to P&E sub: Campaigns and Elections
01/29/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB654)
02/09/2010Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2010Committee substitute printed 10105128D-S1
02/11/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB654S1)
02/12/2010Read second time
02/12/2010Reading of substitute waived
02/12/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10105128D-S1
02/12/2010Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB654S1
02/15/2010Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2010Placed on Calendar
02/17/2010Read first time
02/17/2010Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/19/2010Assigned P & E sub: #2 Elections
03/02/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 1-N)
03/05/2010Reported from Privileges and Elections (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2010Read second time
03/09/2010Passed by for the day
03/10/2010Read third time
03/10/2010Passed House BLOCK VOTE (96-Y 0-N)
03/10/2010VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/22/2010Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB654ER)
03/22/2010Signed by Speaker
03/25/2010Signed by President
04/07/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB654ER)
04/13/2010Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/20/2010Placed on Calendar
04/21/2010Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/21/2010House concurred in Governor's recommendation (93-Y 2-N)
04/21/2010VOTE: --- ADOPTION (93-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
04/21/2010G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/21/2010Reenrolled bill text (SB654ER2)
04/21/2010Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/21/2010Signed by President as reenrolled
04/21/2010Enacted, Chapter 812 (effective 7/1/10)
04/21/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0812)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.