Voter identification; reasonable match of identification and pollbook name. (HB1538)

Introduced By

Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale) with support from co-patron Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elections; voter identification; reasonable match of identification and pollbook name. Provides that a voter meets one qualification for voting if the voter's name as found on the pollbook matches or is reasonably similar to the name listed on the form of identification presented and the name stated by the voter. The bill does not eliminate the other qualifications for being permitted to vote. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/06/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101194D
01/06/2015Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/13/2015Assigned P & E sub: Elections
01/16/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1538)
01/27/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
01/30/2015Failed to report (defeated) in Privileges and Elections (9-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2015Reconsidered by Privileges and Elections
02/06/2015Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendments (18-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2015Read first time
02/09/2015Read second time
02/09/2015Committee amendments agreed to
02/09/2015Engrossed by House as amended HB1538E
02/09/2015Printed as engrossed 15101194D-E
02/10/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1538E)
02/10/2015Read third time and passed House (86-Y 14-N)
02/10/2015VOTE: PASSAGE (86-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2015Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2015Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/17/2015Reported from Privileges and Elections (13-Y 0-N) (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
02/20/2015Passed Senate (32-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2015Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1538ER)
02/25/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1538ER)
02/25/2015Signed by Speaker
02/26/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, March 30, 2015
02/26/2015Signed by President
02/26/2015Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/26/15
02/26/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/16/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 134 (effective 7/1/15)
03/16/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0134)


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 3 minutes.


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

The ACLU of Virginia supports legislation that promotes increased access to the polls for individuals to exercise their constitutional right to vote.