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Polling place procedures; voter identification to be current, valid, and contain photograph. (HB1337)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg) with support from co-patron Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Elections; polling place procedures; voter identification requirements. Removes several items from the list of acceptable identification documents that a voter must present when voting at the polls on election day: a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or paycheck that shows the name and address of the voter. These documents continue to be valid identification for certain first-time voters at federal elections who are required to show identification under the Help America Vote Act of 2002. Amends § 24.2-643, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Passed

History

  • 11/20/2012 Committee
  • 11/20/2012 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100862D
  • 11/20/2012 Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
  • 01/08/2013 Impact statement from DPB (HB1337)
  • 01/11/2013 Assigned P & E sub: Elections Subcommittee
  • 01/29/2013 Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (5-Y 2-N)
  • 02/01/2013 Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (15-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/01/2013 Committee substitute printed 13104833D-H1
  • 02/01/2013 Incorporates HB1787
  • 02/01/2013 Incorporates HB1788
  • 02/02/2013 Read first time
  • 02/04/2013 Impact statement from DPB (HB1337H1)
  • 02/04/2013 Passed by temporarily
  • 02/04/2013 Read second time
  • 02/04/2013 Floor substitute printed to Web only 13104911D-H2 (Surovell)
  • 02/04/2013 Speaker ruled substitute by Delegate Surovell not germane 13104911D-H2
  • 02/04/2013 Committee substitute agreed to 13104833D-H1
  • 02/04/2013 Pending question ordered
  • 02/04/2013 Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1337H1
  • 02/05/2013 Read third time and passed House (63-Y 36-N)
  • 02/05/2013 VOTE: PASSAGE (63-Y 36-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/06/2013 Constitutional reading dispensed
  • 02/06/2013 Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
  • 02/12/2013 Reported from Privileges and Elections (8-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/13/2013 Impact statement from DPB (HB1337H1)
  • 02/14/2013 Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/15/2013 Read third time
  • 02/15/2013 Reading of amendment waived
  • 02/15/2013 Amendment by Senator McEachin rejected (19-Y 21-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/15/2013 Amendment by Senator McEachin reconsidered (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/15/2013 Amendment by Senator McEachin agreed to (20-Y 20-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/15/2013 Chair votes Yes
  • 02/15/2013 Engrossed by Senate as amended
  • 02/15/2013 Passed Senate with amendment (20-Y 20-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/18/2013 Placed on Calendar
  • 02/19/2013 Senate amendment agreed to by House (64-Y 36-N)
  • 02/19/2013 VOTE: ADOPTION (64-Y 36-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/22/2013 Enrolled
  • 02/22/2013 Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1337ER)
  • 02/22/2013 Impact statement from DPB (HB1337ER)
  • 02/23/2013 Signed by Speaker
  • 02/23/2013 Signed by President
  • 03/23/2013 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 703 (effective - see bill)
  • 03/23/2013 G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0703)

Video

This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 6 clips in all, totaling 34 minutes. Click the image of the video to play it.

Comments

Opal Stroup writes:

In a FLS article describing this Bill, Del Cole acknowledges that there was not problem with this type of id during the last election and he gives no rationale for the removal of these valid ids. Is this an attempt to suppress the right to vote of the elderly and poor? I urge a NO vote on this bill.

Shirley Parris writes:

This is just an attempt to suppress the right to vote of certain people, everyone has the right to vote and that should not be changed. I vote NO on this bill.

Debbie R Lockett writes:

Since the election the conspiracy theory of voter fraud was proven untrue, and that the will of the American voters are strong, why are we so intent in suppressing the vote to receive the outcome that has not prevailed? I urge all to vote NO on this bill.

David M. Hill writes:

I am a precinct captain and was at the poll all day. Had no serious ident problem. No need for a change in ident eequirements.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

In 2010, Del. Cole introduced a bill to prevent the return of the antichrist. It's fair to say that his concerns are decoupled from reality as most of us experience it.

Rick Blaine writes:

I'm still wondering why people are afraid to present ID to vote. In many countries that we are supporting on the road to democracy, even President Carter requires prospective voters to identify themselves. Why not here? Afghani women who vote dye their fingers. I just can't figure who is hiding what.

Hope Amezquita writes:

The ACLU of Virginia opposes any legislation that seeks to erode the right to vote and to have that vote counted. Nothing is more fundamental in our society than the right to vote. Voter ID laws are a misguided step backwards in our democracy. Lawmakers should be seeking ways to increase access to the voting booth, not restrictions, as this bill is attempting by eliminating currently accepted forms of IDs.

ACLU-VA Voting Rights, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia opposes any legislation that seeks to erode the right to vote and to have that vote counted. Nothing is more fundamental in our society than the right to vote. Voter ID laws are a misguided step backwards in our democracy. Lawmakers should be seeking ways to increase access to the voting booth, not restrictions, as this bill is attempting by eliminating currently accepted forms of IDs.

ACLU-VA Legislative Agenda, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia opposes any legislation that seeks to erode the right to vote and to have that vote counted. Nothing is more fundamental in our society than the right to vote. Voter ID laws are a misguided step backwards in our democracy. Lawmakers should be seeking ways to increase access to the voting booth, not restrictions, as this bill is attempting by eliminating currently accepted forms of IDs.

Gregg J writes:

How about members of the general assembly wear patches on their suits identifying campaign contributors. This way we'll know who representatives are beholden to.