Voter registration list maintenance; due date of annual report. (HB28)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg) with support from co-patrons Del. Gordon Helsel (R-Poquoson), and Del. Margaret Ransone (R-Kinsale)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Voter registration list maintenance; due date of annual report. Clarifies that the annual report made by the Department of Elections on its activities undertaken to maintain the Virginia voter registration system is due by October 1. The report is required to contain the methodology used in gathering and analyzing the report's data. The bill requires the Commissioner of Elections to certify that such data is accurate and reliable. The bill further clarifies that information regarding the Department's list maintenance activities arising out of list comparisons with other states is to be included in this annual report. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


11/28/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101109D
11/28/2017Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/22/2018Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #4
01/28/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB28)
01/29/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (7-Y 0-N)
02/02/2018Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendment (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2018Read first time
02/06/2018Read second time
02/06/2018Committee amendment agreed to
02/06/2018Engrossed by House as amended HB28E
02/06/2018Printed as engrossed 18101109D-E
02/07/2018Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/07/2018VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/2018Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/13/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB28E)
02/20/2018Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendment (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2018Read third time
02/23/2018Reading of amendment waived
02/23/2018Committee amendment agreed to
02/23/2018Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/23/2018Passed Senate with amendment (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2018Placed on Calendar
02/27/2018Senate amendment agreed to by House (99-Y 0-N)
02/27/2018VOTE: ADOPTION (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2018Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB28ER)
03/01/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB28ER)
03/01/2018Signed by Speaker
03/03/2018Signed by President
03/07/2018Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 7, 2018
03/07/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
03/23/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 460 (effective 7/1/18)
03/23/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0460)


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 38 seconds.


This is a transcript of the video clips in which this bill is discussed.

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David Pratt writes:

Mark Cole sat on the subcommittee last year that rolled up and killed 5 redistricting bills without discussing them individually. This bill seems intent on strengthening Virginia's Voter ID laws, which have suppressed voting in every state that passed them including Virginia, because statistically, people who lack a driver's license are inherently disadvantaged and statistically weighted towards being a Democratic voter.

It's also meant to consolidate power to verify registration status at the state level and to provide a powerful mechanism to purge voters from the roles for the reasons listed in section 4, death, felony convictions, moves. It's just like Crosscheck but at the state level. All a Republican would have to do is enter a voter challenge into this new proposed centralized system and a name would be REMOVED from the registration rolls for 4 years, and odds are a lot of purged people wouldn't be aware until it came time to vote and they were rejected, and then they might not go through the effort to fix the problem and get back on the rolls.

Bottom line: there is no voter fraud. This has been studied and proven.

Sue Mosher writes:

Responding to David Pratt's comment, the system of checking registrations **already exists** in the VA Code; it is not a new proposal. Instead, this bill makes two changes that sound more technical than substantive:

1) Changing the annual reporting date from August to October.
2) Requiring the annual report to include info on activities undertaken to compare registration data with neighboring states