General registrars; appointment from adjoining locality. (HB1473)

Introduced By

Del. Joseph Yost (R-Blacksburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


General registrars; appointment from adjacent locality. Permits local electoral boards to appoint a general registrar who is a qualified voter of a county or city adjacent to the county or city for which he is appointed. Current law requires the general registrar to be a qualified voter of the county or city for which he is appointed. The bill leaves unchanged the provision allowing a city electoral board to appoint a qualified voter of the county in which the city is wholly contained to serve as the city general registrar. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/31/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102233D
12/31/2014Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/13/2015Assigned P & E sub: Appointments
01/16/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1473)
01/29/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (5-Y 2-N)
01/30/2015Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendment (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2015Read first time
02/03/2015Read second time
02/03/2015Committee amendment agreed to
02/03/2015Engrossed by House as amended HB1473E
02/03/2015Printed as engrossed 15102233D-E
02/04/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1473E)
02/04/2015Read third time and passed House (53-Y 46-N)
02/04/2015VOTE: PASSAGE (53-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2015Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/2015Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/07/2015Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2015Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/17/2015Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendment (12-Y 0-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
02/19/2015Passed by for the day (0-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2015Read third time
02/20/2015Reading of amendment waived
02/20/2015Committee amendment agreed to
02/20/2015Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/20/2015Passed Senate with amendment (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2015Placed on Calendar
02/24/2015Senate amendment agreed to by House (55-Y 44-N)
02/24/2015VOTE: ADOPTION (55-Y 44-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2015Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1473ER)
03/06/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1473ER)
03/06/2015Signed by Speaker
03/07/2015Signed by President
03/10/2015Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/10/15
03/10/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/27/2015G Vetoed by Governor
04/14/2015Placed on Calendar
04/15/2015House sustained Governor's veto


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 7 minutes.


Waldo Jaquith writes:

This is a fine idea. I'd like to see localities be able to get the most qualified general registrar, not necessarily one who happens to live within their boundaries.

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

The ACLU of Virginia is monitoring this legislation.