Electronic pollbooks; photographs and identifying information for each voter. (SB1061)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elections; electronic pollbooks; photographs. Requires electronic pollbooks to contain a photograph and identifying information received by the State Board of Elections from the Department of Motor Vehicles for each registered voter for whom the Department of Motor Vehicles has such a photograph and identifying information. The bill requires the officer of election to access the photograph and identifying information when the voter presents himself to vote and to challenge the voter's vote if the voter does not appear to be the same person depicted in the photograph in the pollbook. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2016. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/13/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100744D
01/13/2015Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/22/2015Assigned to P&E sub: Campaigns
01/27/2015Committee substitute printed 15104321D-S1
01/27/2015Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2015Passed by for the day
02/02/2015Floor substitute printed 15104676D-S2 (Obenshain)
02/02/2015Read second time
02/02/2015Reading of substitute waived
02/02/2015Committee substitute rejected 15104321D-S1
02/02/2015Substitute by Senator Obenshain agreed to 15104676D-S2
02/02/2015Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB1061S2
02/03/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1061S2)
02/03/2015Read third time and passed Senate (37-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/03/2015Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2015Passed Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2015Placed on Calendar
02/06/2015Read first time
02/06/2015Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/06/2015Assigned P & E sub: Elections
02/12/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
02/12/2015Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/13/2015Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendment (14-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2015Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/13/2015Assigned App. sub: General Government & Capital Outlay
02/18/2015Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/24/2015Left in Appropriations


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 6 minutes.


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

The ACLU of Virginia opposes this legislation because it places an additional voter ID burden on voters. Many voters do not have DMV-issued photographs. The bill raises significant concerns about privacy rights because it mandates database sharing of voters' private information.