Elections; identification to register to vote and to vote at polls. (HB569)

Introduced By

Del. Danny Marshall (R-Danville) with support from co-patron Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elections; identification to register to vote and to vote.  Requires the following: (i) posting notice of legally required voting qualifications and penalties for violations in at least two languages at all polling places; (ii) proof of citizenship with registration applications; and (iii) proof of identification to vote at the polls. Persons failing to provide proof of identification will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot. The bill provides that any person who is registered in Virginia as of January 1, 2013, is deemed to have provided satisfactory proof of citizenship and is not required to submit proof of citizenship; however, 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, 2013. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12103098D
01/10/2012Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/16/2012Assigned P & E sub: Elections Subcommittee
01/31/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (4-Y 2-N)
01/31/2012Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/03/2012Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2012Committee substitute printed 12104930D-H1
02/03/2012Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/06/2012Assigned App. sub: General Government
02/08/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB569H1)
02/20/2012Left in Appropriations


VACOLAO, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

VACOLAO opposes legislation like this that imposes unnecessary and burdensome additional regulatory or administrative requirements on Virginia residents, without any proven need for such burdens or corresponding proven positive benefit for the taxpayers or the community.