Voter registration; persons assisting with the return of signed voter registration applications. (HB1144)

Introduced By

Del. Tony Wilt (R-Harrisonburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Voter registration; persons assisting with the completion or collection of completed voter registration applications; certain identifying information required. Requires any person who assists an applicant with the completion of a voter registration application or collects a completed voter registration application directly from an applicant to provide his name and telephone number and indicate the group or organization he is affiliated with, if any, on the registration application. The provisions of the bill do not apply to any state or local government employee who assists with the completion of registration applications or collects completed registration applications as part of his official duties. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101822D
01/10/2018Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/22/2018Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #3
01/23/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB1144)
01/24/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 3-N)
02/02/2018Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendments (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2018Read first time
02/06/2018Read second time
02/06/2018Committee amendments agreed to
02/06/2018Engrossed by House as amended HB1144E
02/06/2018Printed as engrossed 18101822D-E
02/07/2018Read third time and passed House (54-Y 43-N)
02/07/2018VOTE: (54-Y 43-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/2018Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/14/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB1144E)
02/20/2018Reported from Privileges and Elections (11-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2018Passed by for the day
02/26/2018Passed by for the day
02/27/2018Passed by for the day
02/28/2018Passed by for the day
03/01/2018Read third time
03/01/2018Reading of amendments waived
03/01/2018Amendments by Senator Vogel agreed to
03/01/2018Engrossed by Senate as amended
03/01/2018Passed Senate with amendments (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2018Placed on Calendar
03/05/2018Senate amendments rejected by House (48-Y 48-N)
03/05/2018VOTE: REJECTED (48-Y 48-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2018Reconsideration of Senate amendments agreed to by House
03/05/2018Senate amendments agreed to by House (52-Y 47-N)
03/05/2018VOTE: ADOPTION #2 (52-Y 47-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2018Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1144ER)
03/07/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB1144ER)
03/07/2018Signed by Speaker
03/09/2018Signed by President
03/15/2018Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 15, 2018
03/15/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
04/09/2018Governor's recommendation received by House
04/09/2018Governor's substitute printed 18108397D-H1
04/18/2018Speaker ruled Governor's recommendation with a substitute not germane
04/18/2018Communicated to Governor
04/18/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, May 18, 2018
05/18/2018G Vetoed by Governor


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 5 minutes.


Christine DeRosa writes:

This bill should be shelved. Its sole purpose appears to be to discourage any community member or group from registering new voters or helping current voters change their address. We should be reaching out to every eligible voter, not suppressing those efforts.

Sue M writes:

I can't fathom any purpose for collecting this information other than to discourage or even intimidate third-party groups and their volunteers who help thousands of Virginia voters register each year. Let's get everyone involved in doing their civic duty, not put obstacles like this in the way. Please defeat this bill.

Carolyn Caywood writes:

Currently, we turn in a log of the registrations and put our contact information at the bottom of each page. The log also verifies that all the applications are accounted for. Thus this is redundant time-wasting.

Janet Bing writes:

Organizations like the League of Women Voters already supply this information. This bill will discourage groups from doing voter registration. It should be shelved.


Please vote no on this bill. It seems designed to intimidate people who might want to volunteer to help register voters. The whole war over fraudulent votes is so overblown, and there are so many more pressing issues that need resolution.

Let's spend time, energy, and treasure on moving the Commonwealth out of its repressive past, not rooting into it.