Provisional ballots; electoral board meeting opened only to authorized party to determine validity. (HB63)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg) with support from co-patron Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Glade Hill)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elections; provisional ballots; electoral board meetings.  Provides that the meeting of the electoral board following the election is open only to authorized party and candidate representatives and persons who cast the provisional ballots and that the representatives attend as observers and not as participants. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/19/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12101201D
12/19/2011Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/12/2012Assigned P & E sub: Elections Subcommittee
01/17/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (5-Y 1-N)
01/17/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB63)
01/27/2012Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendments (17-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2012Read first time
01/31/2012Read second time
01/31/2012Committee amendments agreed to
01/31/2012Pending question ordered
01/31/2012Engrossed by House as amended HB63E
01/31/2012Printed as engrossed 12101201D-E
02/01/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB63E)
02/01/2012Read third time and passed House (67-Y 31-N)
02/01/2012VOTE: PASSAGE (67-Y 31-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2012Constitutional reading dispensed
02/02/2012Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/15/2012Assigned to P&E sub: Campaigns and Elections
02/21/2012Reported from Privileges and Elections (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2012Read third time
02/24/2012Passed by for the day
02/27/2012Read third time
02/27/2012Passed Senate (20-Y 20-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2012Chair votes Yes
02/27/2012Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2012Passed by for the day
02/28/2012Read third time
02/28/2012Passed Senate (20-Y 20-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2012Chair votes Yes
03/05/2012Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB63ER)
03/05/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB63ER)
03/05/2012Signed by Speaker
03/07/2012Signed by President
04/04/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 592 (effective 7/1/12)
04/04/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0592)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 43 minutes.


Rick Sincere writes:

As a member of an Electoral Board, I feel strongly that all meetings -- including canvasses and the provisional vote precinct -- of an Electoral Board should be held in public, with only narrow exceptions for executive session (such as when discussing personnel matters).

The canvass should be open to any member of the public, including representatives of the news media, and not only open to official representatives of candidates or political parties.

Elections should be as transparent as possible.

Shonda Harris-Muhammed writes:

Del. Mark Cole why do you think HB63 is important? I am not clear why this bill is being introduced and who please identify who it will impact the most?