Voter registration; preregistration for persons age 16 or older. (HB993)

Introduced By

Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington)

Progress

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

Description

Voter registration; preregistration for persons age 16 or older. Permits a person who is otherwise qualified to register to vote and is 16 years of age or older, but who will not be 18 years of age on or before the day of the next general election, to preregister to vote. The preregistration does not entitle such a person to vote in any election except as already permitted by law. The Department of Elections is required to maintain a record of all preregistered voters in the Virginia voter registration system, which shall automatically register a person who is preregistered upon that person's reaching 18 years of age. Amends § 24.2-403, § 24.2-404, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/12/2016Committee
01/12/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102861D
01/12/2016Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/18/2016Assigned to sub: Elections
01/18/2016Assigned P & E sub: Elections
01/18/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB993)
02/09/2016Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/16/2016Left in Privileges and Elections

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB292.

Comments

Jan writes:

In 2014 a study by two election integrity groups, one located in Virginia and the other in Maryland, discovered problems with the Commonwealth's voter roles. They found more than 40,000 people were registered to vote in both Virginia and Maryland and that 164 had doubled up by casting votes in both places. The study also found more than 300,000 potential duplicate voter records in Virginia as well as 40,000-60,000 names of deceased individuals on the active voter roles.

Election integrity is important and Virginia has a long way to go to insure that ineligible names are not on voter lists. Allowing 16-year-olds to preregister would add an unnecessary layer of complexity to a system that already suffers from abuse and poor oversight.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

In 2014 a study by two election integrity groups, one located in Virginia and the other in Maryland, discovered problems with the Commonwealth's voter roles. They found more than 40,000 people were registered to vote in both Virginia and Maryland and that 164 had doubled up by casting votes in both places.

Almost everything that you wrote there is untrue.

This "study" was conducted by sibling organizations, each conservative outfits that oppose expanding voting rights that are convinced that the state government is conspiring with Democrats to commit election fraud on a vast scale, with the help of ACORN (an organization that has not existed in 6 years). The site is just a bunch of conspiracy theories (e.g., "Chuck Norris Drops a BOMBSHELL About Obama’s Secret Plan for the 2016 Election!").

I put "study" in condescension quotes because I cannot locate this study anywhere—just press releases from them. I'm not convinced that it exists. The proper way to publish a study is to include the data—the list of the 40,000 people. They have not done so. The good news is that I remember this from back in 2014, and there's a really big catch here: they decided that two people in each state with similar names are the same person. John Smith in Maryland and John Smith in Virginia? Same guy. Voter fraud! Ditto for the 164 duplicate votes—just a bunch of people who have the same name.

This is not a "study," this is a press release containing pseudo-statistics produced by a paranoid organization that thinks Chuck Norris has access to secret information about a vast left-wing conspiracy.