Polling place procedures; voter identification to be current, valid, and contain photograph. (HB1337)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg) with support from co-patron Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Elections; polling place procedures; voter identification requirements. Removes several items from the list of acceptable identification documents that a voter must present when voting at the polls on election day: a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or paycheck that shows the name and address of the voter. These documents continue to be valid identification for certain first-time voters at federal elections who are required to show identification under the Help America Vote Act of 2002. Amends § 24.2-643, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Passed

History

DateAction
11/20/2012Committee
11/20/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100862D
11/20/2012Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/08/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1337)
01/11/2013Assigned P & E sub: Elections Subcommittee
01/29/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (5-Y 2-N)
02/01/2013Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (15-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2013Committee substitute printed 13104833D-H1
02/01/2013Incorporates HB1787
02/01/2013Incorporates HB1788
02/02/2013Read first time
02/04/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1337H1)
02/04/2013Passed by temporarily
02/04/2013Read second time
02/04/2013Floor substitute printed to Web only 13104911D-H2 (Surovell)
02/04/2013Speaker ruled substitute by Delegate Surovell not germane 13104911D-H2
02/04/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13104833D-H1
02/04/2013Pending question ordered
02/04/2013Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1337H1
02/05/2013Read third time and passed House (63-Y 36-N)
02/05/2013VOTE: PASSAGE (63-Y 36-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2013Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2013Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/12/2013Reported from Privileges and Elections (8-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1337H1)
02/14/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2013Read third time
02/15/2013Reading of amendment waived
02/15/2013Amendment by Senator McEachin rejected (19-Y 21-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2013Amendment by Senator McEachin reconsidered (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2013Amendment by Senator McEachin agreed to (20-Y 20-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2013Chair votes Yes
02/15/2013Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/15/2013Passed Senate with amendment (20-Y 20-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2013Placed on Calendar
02/19/2013Senate amendment agreed to by House (64-Y 36-N)
02/19/2013VOTE: ADOPTION (64-Y 36-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2013Enrolled
02/22/2013Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1337ER)
02/22/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1337ER)
02/23/2013Signed by Speaker
02/23/2013Signed by President
03/23/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 703 (effective - see bill)
03/23/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0703)

Video

This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 6 clips in all, totaling 34 minutes.

Comments

Opal Stroup writes:

In a FLS article describing this Bill, Del Cole acknowledges that there was not problem with this type of id during the last election and he gives no rationale for the removal of these valid ids. Is this an attempt to suppress the right to vote of the elderly and poor? I urge a NO vote on this bill.

Shirley Parris writes:

This is just an attempt to suppress the right to vote of certain people, everyone has the right to vote and that should not be changed. I vote NO on this bill.

Debbie R Lockett writes:

Since the election the conspiracy theory of voter fraud was proven untrue, and that the will of the American voters are strong, why are we so intent in suppressing the vote to receive the outcome that has not prevailed? I urge all to vote NO on this bill.

David M. Hill writes:

I am a precinct captain and was at the poll all day. Had no serious ident problem. No need for a change in ident eequirements.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

In 2010, Del. Cole introduced a bill to prevent the return of the antichrist. It's fair to say that his concerns are decoupled from reality as most of us experience it.

Rick Blaine writes:

I'm still wondering why people are afraid to present ID to vote. In many countries that we are supporting on the road to democracy, even President Carter requires prospective voters to identify themselves. Why not here? Afghani women who vote dye their fingers. I just can't figure who is hiding what.

Hope Amezquita writes:

The ACLU of Virginia opposes any legislation that seeks to erode the right to vote and to have that vote counted. Nothing is more fundamental in our society than the right to vote. Voter ID laws are a misguided step backwards in our democracy. Lawmakers should be seeking ways to increase access to the voting booth, not restrictions, as this bill is attempting by eliminating currently accepted forms of IDs.

ACLU-VA Voting Rights, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia opposes any legislation that seeks to erode the right to vote and to have that vote counted. Nothing is more fundamental in our society than the right to vote. Voter ID laws are a misguided step backwards in our democracy. Lawmakers should be seeking ways to increase access to the voting booth, not restrictions, as this bill is attempting by eliminating currently accepted forms of IDs.

ACLU-VA Legislative Agenda, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia opposes any legislation that seeks to erode the right to vote and to have that vote counted. Nothing is more fundamental in our society than the right to vote. Voter ID laws are a misguided step backwards in our democracy. Lawmakers should be seeking ways to increase access to the voting booth, not restrictions, as this bill is attempting by eliminating currently accepted forms of IDs.

Gregg J writes:

How about members of the general assembly wear patches on their suits identifying campaign contributors. This way we'll know who representatives are beholden to.