Optical scan tabulators; pilot programs for, audits thereof. (SB292)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Herring (D-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elections; recounts; random audits of optical scan tabulators. Provides for a random audit of optical scan tabulators after each election to take place within 24 hours after initial vote counts are completed and before the election results are certified. The State Board of Elections will establish procedures for the audits, hand counts, and evaluating discrepancies between hand counts and tabulator tallies. The bill also requires that recount officials select a random sample of at least five percent of the optical scan tabulators used in the election being recounted and that the paper ballots counted by those tabulators be recounted by hand. If the hand count detects machine errors, then the recount officials may designate additional machines to hand count. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 087659248
01/08/2008Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/23/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB292)
02/05/2008Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2008Committee substitute printed 087698240-S1
02/07/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2008Read second time
02/08/2008Reading of substitute waived
02/08/2008Committee substitute agreed to 087698240-S1
02/08/2008Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB292S1
02/08/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2008Read third time and passed Senate (34-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2008Communicated to House
02/13/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB292S1)
02/13/2008Placed on Calendar
02/13/2008Read first time
02/13/2008Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/13/2008Assigned P & E sub: Elections
02/22/2008Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendment (21-Y 1-N)
02/25/2008Read second time
02/26/2008Read third time
02/26/2008Committee amendment agreed to
02/26/2008Engrossed by House as amended
02/26/2008Passed House with amendment (95-Y 0-N)
02/26/2008VOTE: --- PASSAGE (95-Y 0-N)
02/28/2008House amendment agreed to by Senate (37-Y 3-N)
03/03/2008Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB292ER)
03/03/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB292ER)
03/03/2008Signed by Speaker
03/04/2008Signed by President
03/11/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 565 (effective 7/1/08)
03/17/2008G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0565)