Registered voters; citizenship, SAVE Program. (SB1077)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)

Progress

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

Description

Registered voters; citizenship; SAVE Program. Authorizes the State Board of Elections to apply to participate in the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements Program (SAVE Program) operated by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The SAVE Program enables access to immigration status and citizenship status information possessed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. If the application is approved, the State Board will utilize the SAVE Program for the purposes of verifying that voters listed in the Virginia Voter Registration System are United States citizens and shall promulgate rules and regulations governing the use of the immigration status and citizenship status information received from the SAVE Program. Amends § 24.2-404, § 24.2-427, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Passed

History

DateAction
01/09/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103248D
01/09/2013Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/23/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB1077)
01/29/2013Committee substitute printed 13104635D-S1
01/29/2013Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (8-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2013Read second time
02/01/2013Reading of substitute waived
02/01/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13104635D-S1
02/01/2013Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1077S1
02/01/2013Engrossment reconsidered by Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2013Passed by for the day
02/04/2013Read second time
02/04/2013Reading of amendment waived
02/04/2013Amendment by Senator McEachin withdrawn
02/04/2013Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1077S1
02/04/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2013Passed Senate (23-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2013Placed on Calendar
02/06/2013Read first time
02/06/2013Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/06/2013Assigned P & E sub: Elections Subcommittee
02/12/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (5-Y 2-N)
02/14/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB1077S1)
02/15/2013Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendments (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2013Read second time
02/19/2013Passed by for the day
02/20/2013Read third time
02/20/2013Committee amendments agreed to
02/20/2013Amendments by Delegate Lopez rejected
02/20/2013Engrossed by House as amended SB1077
02/20/2013Passed House with amendments (70-Y 30-N)
02/20/2013VOTE: PASSAGE (70-Y 30-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2013House amendments agreed to by Senate (23-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2013Reconsideration of House amendments agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2013House amendments agreed to by Senate (20-Y 20-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2013Chair votes Yes
02/23/2013Enrolled
02/23/2013Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1077ER)
02/23/2013Signed by President
02/23/2013Signed by Speaker
02/25/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB1077ER)
03/21/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 686 (effective 7/1/13)
03/21/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0686)

Video

This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 4 clips in all, totaling 28 minutes.

Comments

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

The ACLU of Virginia is opposed to this legislation. There is no evidence that immigrants who are not U.S. citizens or undocumented immigrants are voting in Virginia. This legislation would permit the State Board of Elections to utilize information from federal immigration data bases to review voter registration files. In Florida where this program was implemented, it "found" 207 noncitizens registered to vote (.0018% of the electorate of nearly 11.5 million registered voters). At the same time, however, using the system threatened to invite challenges of the voter registrations of thousands of naturalized citizens who became naturalized after applying for and receiving state driver's licenses or other ID linked to the voter registration system or whose last names and birth dates are the same as people in the system. This is because to in order to access SAVE, Florida drew on immigration-related information provided to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). They compared the names of noncitizens in DMV records to the names of registered voters. Election officials then used SAVE to try to eliminate false positives by determining whether the individuals on both lists became citizens after obtaining a driver’s license.

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

Virginia ACLU opposes this legislation that would permit the State Board of Elections to utilize information from federal immigration data bases to review voter registration files. In Florida where this program was implemented, it "found" 207 noncitizens registered to vote (.0018% of the electorate of nearly 11.5 million registered voters). At the same time, however, using the system threatened to invite challenges of the voter registrations of thousands of naturalized citizens who became naturalized after applying for and receiving state driver's licenses or other ID linked to the voter registration system or whose last names and birth dates are the same as people in the system. This is because to in order to access SAVE, Florida drew on immigration-related information provided to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). They compared the names of noncitizens in DMV records to the names of registered voters. Election officials then used SAVE to try to eliminate false positives by determining whether the individuals on both lists became citizens after obtaining a driver’s license.