Voter registration; automatic voter registration. (HB235)

Introduced By

Del. Josh Cole (D-Stafford) with support from co-patron Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Voter registration; automatic voter registration. Provides for the automatic electronic transmission by the Department of Motor Vehicles to the Department of Elections of certain information for any person coming into an office of the Department of Motor Vehicles or accessing its website in order to (i) apply for, replace, or renew a driver's license; (ii) apply for, replace, or renew a special identification card; or (iii) change an address on an existing driver's license or special identification card if the person indicates that he is a United States citizen and is 17 years of age or older and, at the time of the transaction, does not decline to have his information transmitted to the Department of Elections for voter registration purposes. The option to decline to have his information so transmitted shall be presented at the time of one of the specified transactions with the Department of Motor Vehicles and shall be accompanied by a warning that intentionally making a materially false statement during the transaction is punishable under Virginia law as a felony. Upon receipt of the information collected to ensure that the person meets all voter registration eligibility requirements, the Department of Elections is required to determine whether the person is already registered to vote. If the person is not already registered to vote, the Department of Elections is required to transmit the information to the appropriate general registrar. The bill repeals the requirement that the Department of Motor Vehicles offer, accept, receive, and send voter registration applications. This bill is identical to SB 219. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/29/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103205D
12/29/2019Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/14/2020Assigned P & E sub: Elections
01/28/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (4-Y 2-N)
02/07/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/07/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB235)
02/07/2020Committee substitute printed 20106926D-H1
02/09/2020Read first time
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106926D-H1
02/10/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB235H1
02/10/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB235H1)
02/11/2020Read third time and passed House (54-Y 45-N)
02/11/2020VOTE: Passage (54-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/18/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendment (9-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Passed by for the day
02/24/2020Read third time
02/24/2020Reading of amendment waived
02/24/2020Committee amendment agreed to
02/24/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/24/2020Passed Senate with amendment (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020VOTE: Adoption (1-Y 96-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Placed on Calendar
02/26/2020Senate amendment rejected by House (1-Y 96-N)
02/26/2020VOTE: REJECTED (1-Y 96-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Senate insisted on amendment (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Senate requested conference committee
03/02/2020House acceded to request
03/02/2020Conferees appointed by House
03/02/2020Delegates: Cole, J.G., Price, Brewer
03/03/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
03/03/2020Senators: Marsden, McClellan, McDougle
03/05/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/05/2020Conference report agreed to by House (53-Y 46-N)
03/05/2020VOTE: Adoption (53-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (21-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
03/18/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB235ER)
03/18/2020Signed by President
03/19/2020Signed by Speaker
03/20/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB235ER)
03/20/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 20, 2020
03/20/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/09/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 908 (effective 7/1/20)
04/09/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0908)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB278.


Donald Lauer writes:

Excellent idea !!