Voter registration drives; definition, payment or receipt of compensation for circulating petitions. (SB690)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Voter registration drives; payment or receipt of compensation; penalty.  Provides that voter registration drives, defined as a coordinated effort by two or more individuals to provide assistance to 1,000 or more members of the general public in completing and submitting voter applications, must register with the State Board of Elections and fulfill the training requirements established by the State Board. The State Board shall maintain a list of all voter registration drives that have been registered and shall post this list on its website. The bill also provides that a person assisting an applicant with the completion and return of a voter registration application shall not disclose or copy the day and month of the applicant's birth, except as authorized by law. The bill also makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor to influence a person to register to vote by bribery or force and makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor to pay or receive compensation on a fee-per-signature basis or on a basis related to the number of signatures obtained for circulating election-related petitions or completing and submitting voter registration applications. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/22/2010Presented and ordered printed 10104236D
01/22/2010Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/29/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB690)
02/01/2010Assigned to P&E sub: Campaigns and Elections
02/09/2010Failed to report (defeated) in Privileges and Elections (7-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)