Vote centers; pilot program. (SB691)

Introduced By

Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) with support from co-patron Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)

Progress

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

Description

Vote centers; pilot program. Authorizes the State Board of Elections to conduct a pilot program under which one or more localities unanimously approved by the State Board would establish vote centers for use in primary elections instead of operating a polling place for every precinct in the locality. The bill defines "vote center" as a location established by local ordinance where qualified voters from two or more designated precincts are directed to vote. The bill requires the governing body of a locality applying to participate in the pilot program to have the unanimous consent of its local electoral board. The bill also requires the State Board to publish a report on the program by August 15 of any year in which a vote center is used. The provisions of the bill would expire on December 31, 2019. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
11/21/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100415D
11/21/2014Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
11/21/2014Introduced bill reprinted 15100415D
01/20/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB691)
01/20/2015Assigned to P&E sub: Elections
01/27/2015Committee substitute printed 15104077D-S1
01/27/2015Substitute bill reprinted 15104077D-S1
01/27/2015Incorporates SB1077
01/27/2015Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB691S1)
01/29/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2015Read second time
01/30/2015Reading of substitute waived
01/30/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15104077D-S1
01/30/2015Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB691S1
02/02/2015Read third time and passed Senate (31-Y 6-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: Campaign Finance
02/24/2015Left in Privileges and Elections

Video

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 8 minutes.

Comments

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

The ACLU of Virginia is opposed to this legislation because Virginia's Constitution requires uniformity in elections across the Commonwealth. Establishing voting centers may also harm voters with transportation difficulties or individuals with disabilities who cannot travel greater distances to vote further away from their current, local precinct.