General registrar; all county and city offices open five days a week. (SB379)

Introduced By

Sen. Ben Chafin (R-Lebanon) with support from co-patron Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Office of the general registrar; open five days a week. Provides that the office of the general registrar in all counties and cities is to be open a minimum of five days a week. Under current law, counties with a population of less than 10,000 and cities with a population of less than 7,500 are required to be open a minimum of three days a week, and additional days may be required by the general appropriation act. This bill incorporates SB 151. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18102234D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/23/2018Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (8-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2018Incorporates SB151 (Edwards)
01/23/2018Committee substitute printed 18105913D-S1
01/25/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB379S1)
01/25/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2018Read second time
01/26/2018Reading of substitute waived
01/26/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18105913D-S1
01/26/2018Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB379S1
01/29/2018Read third time and passed Senate (35-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2018Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2018Passed Senate (38-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2018Placed on Calendar
01/31/2018Read first time
01/31/2018Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/08/2018Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #3
02/21/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 1-N)
03/02/2018Reported from Privileges and Elections (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2018Read second time
03/06/2018Read third time
03/06/2018Defeated by House (42-Y 54-N)
03/06/2018VOTE: DEFEATED (42-Y 54-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2018Reconsideration of defeated action agreed to by House
03/06/2018Passed by for the day
03/07/2018Read third time
03/07/2018Passed House (91-Y 7-N)
03/07/2018VOTE: PASSAGE (91-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2018Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB379ER)
03/09/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB379ER)
03/09/2018Signed by Speaker
03/10/2018Signed by President
03/20/2018Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 20, 2018
03/20/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
03/29/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 539 (effective 7/1/18)
03/29/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0539)


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 58 seconds.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB151.


Sue Mosher writes:

This bill would make it easier for people to register and vote absentee in Virginia’s smallest counties and cities (counties with fewer than 10,000 people and cities smaller than 7,500 people) by mandating that the registrar’s office in every city and county be open five days a week, instead of the current three days.