Vote centers; authorizes State Board of Election to establish pilot program. (HB1942)

Introduced By

Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave)

Progress

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

Description

Vote centers; pilot program. Authorizes the State Board of Elections to provide for a pilot program in which localities may establish vote centers for use in primary elections instead of having to operate a polling place for every precinct in the locality. A vote center will consist of a location where voters from two or more designated precincts may vote. The State Board shall publish a report on the program by August 15 of any year in which a vote center is used. The provisions of the bill expire on December 31, 2016. Amends § 24.2-101, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Status

01/18/2013: Merged into HB1599

History

  • 01/09/2013 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13101858D
  • 01/09/2013 Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
  • 01/11/2013 Assigned P & E sub: Campaign Finance Subcommittee
  • 01/16/2013 Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB1599-Anderson)
  • 01/18/2013 Incorporated by Privileges and Elections (HB1599-Anderson)
  • 01/21/2013 Impact statement from DPB (HB1942)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1599.

Comments

Editor’s Pick
Rick Sincere writes:

This is a great idea.

In the June 2012 Republican Senate primary in Charlottesville, only 427 out of more than 29,000 registered voters cast a ballot. In one precinct, only one voter showed up all day -- even though that precinct had to be fully staffed from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., just like all the others.

Similarly, in the 2012 Republican presidential primary in Charlottesville, only 750 voters (out of a possible 28,264) cast a ballot. One precinct -- fully staffed for 14 hours -- saw only 9 voters all day.

If the City of Charlottesville had been able to operate vote centers for those two elections, we would have been able to save taxpayers about $25,000 or $30,000.

Using vote centers to consolidate operations in low-turnout elections like this will save a lot of money and manpower and will be a real morale-booster for election officials around the Commonwealth.

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

The ACLU of Virginia supports legislation that promotes voting rights, however has concerns that legislation that establishes pilot programs fails to uniformly administer elections in Virginia.

Sarah Williams writes:

This provision would assist localities in reducing the cost of elections. Since primaries draw fewer voters in most localities, across Virginia the savings would be significant. I know that this would help here in Bristol, where a very small percentage of voters show up for primaries.

Sheila Lewis writes:

A voting center for a primary will seem more direct since most voters don't see this as part of the overall process; a primary is the starting point of the process.