Elections; voter integrity and identification provisions. (HB341)

Introduced By

Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elections; voter integrity and identification provisions.  Requires the following steps to emphasize integrity in the voting process: (i) posting notice in at least two languages at the polls of legally required voting qualifications and penalties for violations; (ii) requiring proof of citizenship with registration applications; and (iii) revising the voter identification requirements for in-person and absentee voting procedures. While any person who is registered in Virginia on January 1, 2010, is deemed to have provided satisfactory proof of citizenship and is not required to submit proof of citizenship, that privilege shall not be construed to affirm or deny whether such person is lawfully registered to vote in the Commonwealth. The act will take effect January 1, 2011. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10100619D
01/11/2010Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/14/2010Assigned P & E sub: #2 Elections
01/19/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (4-Y 0-N)
01/25/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB341)
02/02/2010Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/16/2010Left in Privileges and Elections


VACOLAO, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Despite the absence of any evidence of voter fraud in Virginia, this bill imposes an unfunded mandate on local registrars by requiring them to require specific proof of citizenship to register and vote and to maintain copies in records for two years. This will require additional staffing. Virginia residents born outside of hospitals may lack birth certificates needed to prove citizenships; residents will have to pay either to get a copy of a birth certificate or a passport to register to vote. In the absence of any proof of a real problem to solve, these requirements are nothing more than additional impediments to the right to vote.