Paper and electronic pollbooks; permits localities to use own funds to purchase approved by Board. (SB53)

Introduced By

Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple (D-Arlington) with support from co-patrons Del. Al Eisenberg (D-Arlington), and Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elections; paper and electronic pollbooks. Permits localities to use their own funds to purchase electronic pollbooks that have been approved by the State Board of Elections. Current law authorizes the use of electronic pollbooks only in pilot programs and when paid for by state appropriations. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/20/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 087063352
12/20/2007Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/15/2008Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/16/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB53)
01/17/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/18/2008Read second time
01/18/2008Reading of amendment waived
01/18/2008Committee amendment agreed to
01/18/2008Engrossed by Senate as amended SB53E
01/18/2008Printed as engrossed 087063352-E
01/21/2008Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2008Communicated to House
01/24/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB53E)
02/11/2008Placed on Calendar
02/11/2008Read first time
02/11/2008Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/12/2008Assigned P & E sub: Elections
02/15/2008Reported from Privileges and Elections (22-Y 0-N)
02/18/2008Read second time
02/19/2008Read third time
02/19/2008Passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/19/2008VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2008Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB53ER)
02/20/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB53ER)
02/20/2008Signed by Speaker
02/22/2008Signed by President
03/02/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 87 (effective 7/1/08)
03/02/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 88 (effective 7/1/08)
03/04/2008G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0088)