Constitutional amendment; right to a secret ballot (first reference). (HJ611)

Introduced By

Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond) with support from co-patrons Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville), Del. Barbara Comstock (R-McLean), Del. John A. Cox (R-Ashland), and Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Constitutional amendment (first resolution); the right to a secret ballot. Adds a provision to the Bill of Rights to preserve and protect the right to a secret ballot in elections for office, votes on ballot measures, and votes to designate or authorize employee representation. Read the Bill »


02/12/2013: passed committee


01/07/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102392D
01/07/2013Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/11/2013Assigned P & E sub: Constitutional Amendments Subcommittee
01/28/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 0-N)
02/01/2013Reported from Privileges and Elections (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2013Taken up
02/04/2013Engrossed by House
02/04/2013Agreed to by House (70-Y 27-N)
02/04/2013VOTE: ADOPTION (70-Y 27-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2013Reading waived
02/05/2013Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/12/2013Reported from Privileges and Elections (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2013Reading waived (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2013Read third time
02/15/2013Rejected by Senate (16-Y 23-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2013Reconsideration of defeated action agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2013Rejected by Senate (18-Y 22-N) (see vote tally)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 17 minutes.