HB1047: Elections; authorizes locality to extend hours polls are open.

HOUSE BILL NO. 1047
Offered January 11, 2012
Prefiled January 11, 2012
A BILL to amend and reenact § 24.2-603 of the Code of Virginia, relating to elections; hours polls are open.
Patron-- Keam

Committee Referral Pending

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1.  That § 24.2-603 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

§ 24.2-603. Hours polls to be open; closing the polls.

A. At all elections, the polls shall be open at each polling place at 6:00 a.m. on the day of the election and closed at 7:00 p.m. on the same day except as provided for central absentee voter precincts pursuant to subsection F of § 24.2-712.

At 6:45 p.m. an officer of election shall announce that the polls will close in fifteen 15 minutes. The officers of election shall list the names of all qualified voters in line before the polling place at 7:00 p.m. and permit those voters and no others to vote after 7:00 p.m.

B. The governing body of any county or city may provide by ordinance for the closing of the county or city polls at 8:00 p.m. on specified election days, and the pre-closing announcement shall be given at 7:45 p.m. The governing body of a county within which a town, or the greater part of a town, is situated may provide by ordinance for the closing of the town polls at 8:00 p.m. on specified election days, and the pre-closing announcement shall be given at 7:45 p.m.