Constitutional amendment; right to a secret ballot (first reference). (SJ88)

Introduced By

Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania) with support from co-patrons Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg), Sen. Tom Garrett (R-Lynchburg), Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville), and Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


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 »


11/26/2012: passed committee


  • 01/11/2012 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12102630D
  • 01/11/2012 Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
  • 01/24/2012 Continued to 2013 in Privileges and Elections (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 11/26/2012 Reported from Privileges and Elections (8-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/10/2013 Read first time
  • 01/11/2013 Read second time and engrossed
  • 01/14/2013 Passed by for the day
  • 01/15/2013 Read third time
  • 01/15/2013 Rejected by Senate (19-Y 21-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/15/2013 Reconsideration of defeated action agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/15/2013 Rejected by Senate (20-Y 20-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/15/2013 Requires 21 affirmative votes for passage


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 13 minutes.