Provisional voting; persons voting in split precincts. (HB43)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg) with support from co-patrons Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun), and Del. Joe McNamara (R-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Provisional voting; persons voting in split precincts. Provides that any voter who is assigned to a precinct that is split between two or more election districts and who believes he was given a ballot for the district of which he is not a qualified voter may request, prior to casting the ballot, and shall be permitted to cast a provisional ballot for the district of which he believes he is a qualified voter and for the district in which the pollbook indicates he is registered. The bill requires the ballots to be sealed in envelopes labeled with the corresponding district number and then sealed in the green envelope provided for all provisional ballots. At the meeting to determine the validity of all provisional ballots offered in the election, the electoral board shall verify in which district the voter is qualified and count that ballot. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


11/20/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100823D
11/20/2019Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/14/2020Assigned P & E sub: Elections
02/03/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB43)
02/04/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 1-N)
02/07/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections (17-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2020Read first time
02/10/2020Read second time and engrossed
02/11/2020Read third time and passed House (86-Y 13-N)
02/11/2020VOTE: Passage (86-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2020Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/17/2020Rereferred from Transportation (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2020Rereferred to Privileges and Elections
02/25/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Read third time
02/28/2020Passed Senate (36-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB43ER)
03/06/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB43ER)
03/06/2020Signed by Speaker
03/06/2020Signed by President
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/09/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 920 (effective 7/1/20)
04/09/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0920)


Susan writes:

Split precincts should be abolished. They are intended to create confusion, and they inevitably waste votes. Why not just draw the precinct line so that it corresponds with at least all state candidates, or if necessary, create a new precinct? Please take a look at the demographics of the split precincts, and you will see that their true purpose is discriminatory. They should be illegal.

Donald Lauer writes:

Split precincts are discriminatory.Also the electoral board is bias.