Post-election audits; definition. (SB591)

Introduced By

Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester) with support from co-patron Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Post-election audits. Defines "post-election audit" to mean a process conducted after an election to confirm the accurate reporting of the results of the election and directs the State Board of Elections to establish a work group tasked with developing standards and procedures for conducting post-election audits in the Commonwealth. The work group is required, at a minimum, to (i) consider the types of post-election audits available and being implemented in other states, (ii) recommend the type of post-election audit to be used in the Commonwealth, (iii) establish the process and procedures for conducting the recommended post-election audit, including the timeline, (iv) recommend actions to be taken if the post-election audit results indicate that the voting systems did not accurately count the ballots cast in the election, and (v) propose legislation for implementing the work group's recommendations. The work group is directed to submit an interim progress report by January 7, 2019, and a final report by December 1, 2019, to the Governor and the General Assembly. The bill repeals the current law regarding post-election risk-limiting audits. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18102749D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/23/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB591)
02/06/2018Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (12-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2018Committee substitute printed 18106830D-S1
02/08/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB591S1)
02/09/2018Read second time
02/09/2018Reading of substitute waived
02/09/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18106830D-S1
02/09/2018Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB591S1
02/12/2018Passed by temporarily
02/12/2018Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2018Placed on Calendar
02/15/2018Read first time
02/15/2018Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/15/2018Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #2
02/22/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (4-Y 2-N)
03/02/2018Continued to 2019 in Privileges and Elections
11/30/2018Left in Privileges and Elections

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1210.