Voter registration; automatic voter registration, effective clause. (SB219)

Introduced By

Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke) with support from co-patrons Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria), and Sen. Adam Ebbin (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 incorporates SB 278 and is identical to HB 235. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/30/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100923D
12/30/2019Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/28/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB219)
01/28/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2020Incorporates SB278 (Barker)
01/28/2020Committee substitute printed 20107035D-S1
01/28/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/06/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB219S1)
02/06/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (15-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Committee substitute printed 20106190D-S2
02/10/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (36-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB219S2)
02/11/2020Read second time
02/11/2020Committee substitute rejected 20107035D-S1
02/11/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/11/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106190D-S2
02/11/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB219S2
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Passed Senate (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2020Placed on Calendar
02/18/2020Read first time
02/18/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/21/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendment (12-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Read second time
02/26/2020Read third time
02/26/2020Committee amendment agreed to
02/26/2020Engrossed by House as amended
02/26/2020Passed House with amendment (52-Y 47-N)
02/26/2020VOTE: Passage (52-Y 47-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020House amendment agreed to by Senate (21-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Reconsideration of House amendment agreed to by Senate (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020House amendment rejected by Senate (0-Y 37-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020House insisted on amendment
03/02/2020House requested conference committee
03/03/2020Senate acceded to request (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
03/03/2020Senators: Marsden, McClellan, McDougle
03/05/2020Delegates: Cole, J.G, Price, Brewer
03/05/2020Conferees appointed by House
03/05/2020Delegates: Cole, J.G., Price, Brewer
03/05/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/05/2020Conference report agreed to by House (52-Y 46-N)
03/05/2020VOTE: Adoption (52-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
03/18/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB219ER)
03/18/2020Signed by President
03/19/2020Signed by Speaker
03/20/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB219ER)
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 909 (effective 7/1/20)
04/09/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0909)


Ronald N Quasebarth writes:

This is yet one more way that not following all the procedures can lead to fraud.