Election day voter registration; State Board of Elections to develop a pilot program, report. (SB1059)

Introduced By

Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Election day voter registration; pilot program. Provides that the State Board of Elections shall develop a pilot program for election day voter registration, by which a person who (i) offers to vote on election day but is not a registered voter, (ii) provides one of the forms of identification specified in subsection B of 24.2-643, and (iii) provides proof of his residency, in a form specified by the State Board for this purpose, in the precinct in which he offers to vote, shall be permitted to register to vote and to cast a ballot. The bill requires participating localities to provide information on the implementation of the pilot program in its locality to the State Board by December 1 of each year in which it participates. The bill requires the State Board to submit a report to the Governor, the General Assembly, and the House and Senate Committees on Privileges and Elections on the pilot program, including a recommendation as to whether there should be statewide election day voter registration. The bill has an expiration date of December 31, 2019. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/06/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100343D
01/06/2017Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/23/2017Impact statement from DPB (SB1059)
01/31/2017Passed by indefinitely in Privileges and Elections (9-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)


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

The ACLU of Virginia is opposed to this bill because all voters should have access to same day registration, in compliance with Virginia's requirement that elections be uniformly administered.