Voter registration list maintenance; voters identified as registered in multiple states. (SB834)

Introduced By

Sen. Ben Chafin (R-Lebanon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Voter registration list maintenance; voters identified as registered in multiple states. Requires the Department of Elections to provide to the general registrars a list of registered voters who have been found through list comparisons and data-matching exchanges with other states to be registered in another state. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/15/2018Presented and ordered printed 18105049D
01/15/2018Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/23/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB834)
01/23/2018Reported from Privileges and Elections (7-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2018Read second time and engrossed
01/29/2018Read third time and passed Senate (24-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2018Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2018Passed Senate (24-Y 16-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 #1
02/20/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 2-N)
02/23/2018Reported from Privileges and Elections (12-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2018Read second time
02/28/2018Passed by for the day
03/01/2018Read third time
03/01/2018Passed House (51-Y 49-N)
03/01/2018VOTE: PASSAGE (51-Y 49-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2018Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB834ER)
03/05/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB834ER)
03/05/2018Signed by Speaker
03/08/2018Signed by President
03/14/2018Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 14, 2018
03/14/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
04/09/2018Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/18/2018Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (39-Y 0-N)
04/18/2018House rejected Governor's recommendation (48-Y 49-N)
04/18/2018VOTE: REJECTED (48-Y 49-N)
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 3 minutes.


Sue M writes:

While Virginia code already contains a crosschecking mechanism, this bill would unduly burden local registrars by mandating that the Dept of Elections provide registrars with a list of duplicate registrations in other states found through both manual list comparisons and electronic data matching. Registrars would be obligated to spend their valuable time investigating each and every instance, with the possible result that, because of the imperfection of data -- e.g. common personal names -- some voters would be purged from the rolls inadvertently. It is not illegal to be registered to vote in more than one state. It happens all the time as people get caught up in the details of moving to a new locality. In fact, many people believe that filing a change-of-address form with the post office also transfers their voter registration! We need to be taking steps to make registration and voting more convenient and secure, not raising fears about being purged from the voter roll just because you've lived in another state.