Elections; preclearance of certain covered practices required, definitions. (HB761)

Introduced By

Del. Schuyler VanValkenburg (D-Henrico) with support from co-patron Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elections; preclearance of certain covered practices required. Requires the governing body of a covered jurisdiction, prior to enacting or seeking to administer any voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or any standard, practice, or procedure with respect to voting, that is a covered practice, to either (i) institute an action in the circuit court for the jurisdiction for a declaratory judgment that the covered practice neither has the purpose or effect of denying or abridging the right to vote on account of race or color or membership in a language minority group nor will it result in the retrogression in the position of members of a racial or ethnic group with respect to their effective exercise of the electoral franchise or (ii) submit such covered practice to the Office of the Attorney General for issuance of a certification that no objection exists to the enactment or administration by the covered jurisdiction of the covered practice. A covered practice cannot be given effect until the circuit court has entered such judgement or the Attorney General has issued such certification. The bill provides to a covered jurisdiction the right to appeal an objection by the Attorney General and to an aggrieved citizen the right to appeal the Attorney General's issuance of a certification of no objection. A "covered jurisdiction" is defined to mean any county, city, or town that is determined by the Attorney General to have a voting age population that contains two or more racial or ethnic groups, each constituting at least 20 percent of its voting age population. The bill also defines "covered practice." Read the Bill »


02/10/2020: In Committee


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102058D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/13/2020Assigned P & E sub: Constitutional Amendments
01/27/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB761)
01/27/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/27/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
01/31/2020Committee substitute printed 20106652D-H1
01/31/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/31/2020Assigned App. sub: Compensation & General Government
02/03/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
02/03/2020Reported from Appropriations (10-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Read first time
02/05/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB761H1)
02/06/2020Read second time
02/06/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106652D-H1
02/06/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB761H1
02/07/2020Read third time and passed House (59-Y 40-N)
02/07/2020VOTE: Passage (59-Y 40-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections

Hearing Scheduled

This bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Privileges and Elections committee on 02/25/2020. It meets on Tuesday, 4:00 P.M. - Senate Room A.


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 20 seconds.

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