Voter registration; registration on election day, registration of provisional voters, etc. (HB1904)

Introduced By

Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church) with support from co-patrons Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), and Sen. Lamont Bagby (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Voter registration; registration on election day; registration of provisional voters; close of registration records. Provides that persons who are otherwise qualified to register to vote are entitled to register to vote and cast a ballot in person in the office of the general registrar, or at another location or locations in the county or city approved by the electoral board, on the day of the election. Additionally, the provisional ballot of a person who is required to vote a provisional ballot because his name does not appear on the pollbook shall be counted if the general registrar determines during the canvass that the person was qualified for registration based upon the application for registration submitted by the person with his provisional ballot. The bill also requires registration records to be closed for the purpose of registering voters during the three days prior to any election. Currently, the registration records are required to be closed for this purpose during the 21 days prior to a primary or general election, six days prior to certain special elections, and 13 days prior to other special elections. The bill adjusts other deadlines to reflect this change. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/04/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19100783D
01/04/2019Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/12/2019Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #1
01/14/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1904)
01/15/2019Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (4-Y 2-N)
02/05/2019Left in Privileges and Elections


JoAnne Norton writes:

This would allow the citizens to more fully participate in democracy by making registration easier. It would also silence the citizens who complain about voter fraud by actually allowing the registrant to be visible to register and vote at the same time.

Bill writes:

Good thing USA is a constitutional republic,not a democracy.