Voter registration; proof of citizenship. (HB1574)

Introduced By

Del. Brenda Pogge (R-Williamsburg)

Progress

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

Description

Voter registration; proof of citizenship. Requires that a person registering to vote provide proof of United States citizenship in a form specified by the State Board of Elections. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/07/2015Committee
01/07/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102008D
01/07/2015Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/13/2015Assigned P & E sub: Elections
01/22/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1574)
01/29/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 3-N)
01/29/2015Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/30/2015Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2015Committee substitute printed 15104545D-H1
01/30/2015Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/02/2015Assigned App. sub: General Government & Capital Outlay
02/03/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1574H1)
02/06/2015Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/10/2015Left in Appropriations

Comments

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

The ACLU of Virginia strongly opposes legislation seeking to mandate proof of citizenship for voting because it poses potentially insurmountable burdens on qualified voters and is unnecessary given there is no evidence demonstrating problems of non-citizens committing voter fraud in Virginia. Investigations have not uncovered non-citizens intentionally registering or voting while aware that they were not eligible to do so. The end result: proof of citizenship laws are far more likely to stop qualified Virginia voters from accessing the polls than to stopping a non-existent problem, resulting in a violation of constitutional rights. There is a sizeable portion of the electorate for whom obtaining proof of citizenship may be impossible. People with low-income, the elderly, women and people of color living in rural Virginia are the least likely to have proof of citizenship. Nationally, 7 percent of U.S. citizens do not have ready access to proof of citizenship---more than 13 million Americans. Additionally, 32 million women of voting-age do not have ready access to a citizenship document with their current legal name. Naturalized citizens who have lost their proof of citizenship must apply to USCIS for documentation---a process that takes several months, may require in-person interviews, and costs $345 and possibly, their constitutional right to vote.

ACLU-VA Legislative Agenda, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia strongly opposes legislation seeking to mandate proof of citizenship for voting because it poses potentially insurmountable burdens on qualified voters and is unnecessary given there is no evidence demonstrating problems of non-citizens committing voter fraud in Virginia. Investigations have not uncovered non-citizens intentionally registering or voting while aware that they were not eligible to do so. The end result: proof of citizenship laws are far more likely to stop qualified Virginia voters from accessing the polls than to stopping a non-existent problem, resulting in a violation of constitutional rights. There is a sizeable portion of the electorate for whom obtaining proof of citizenship may be impossible. People with low-income, the elderly, women and people of color living in rural Virginia are the least likely to have proof of citizenship. Nationally, 7 percent of U.S. citizens do not have ready access to proof of citizenship---more than 13 million Americans. Additionally, 32 million women of voting-age do not have ready access to a citizenship document with their current legal name. Naturalized citizens who have lost their proof of citizenship must apply to USCIS for documentation---a process that takes several months, may require in-person interviews, and costs $345 and possibly, their constitutional right to vote.