Electronic voting equipment; requires electoral boards to develop plans to ensure security thereof. (SB1226)

Introduced By

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston) with support from co-patrons Del. Joe May (R-Leesburg), Del. Sam Nixon (R-Richmond), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Sen. Ken Stolle (R-Virginia Beach), and Sen. William Wampler (R-Bristol)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Electronic voting equipment; security. Requires local electoral boards to develop plans and procedures to ensure the security of electronic voting systems and the State Board of Elections to provide assistance in the development of these plans, upon request. The bill also requires vendors of electronic voting systems to provide written best practices about the secure use of the systems when applying for certification in the Commonwealth and to annually update these practices once certified. Finally, the bill would require the State Board of Elections to develop a program and contract with an independent third-party agent, such as a state university or a nonprofit science and engineering corporation, for the testing and verification of electronic ballots, electronic code, and electronic voting systems for local electoral boards. This third-party verification program is modeling on a program established in Georgia with Kennesaw State University. Read the Bill »


03/23/2007: signed by governor


01/10/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 075831744
01/10/2007Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/24/2007Committee substitute printed 075585744-S1
01/25/2007Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
01/26/2007Read second time
01/26/2007Reading of substitute waived
01/26/2007Committee substitute agreed to 075585744-S1
01/26/2007Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1226S1
01/29/2007Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
01/29/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2007Communicated to House
02/04/2007Impact statement from DPB (SB1226S1)
02/05/2007Placed on Calendar
02/05/2007Read first time
02/05/2007Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/09/2007Reported from Privileges and Elections (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2007Read second time
02/13/2007Passed by for the day
02/14/2007Read third time
02/14/2007Passed House BLOCK VOTE (95-Y 0-N)
02/20/2007Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1226ER)
02/21/2007Impact statement from DPB (SB1226ER)
02/21/2007Signed by Speaker
02/22/2007Signed by President
03/23/2007G Approved by Governor-Chapter 794 (effective 7/1/07)
04/10/2007G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0794)