Constitutional amendment; qualifications of voters and the right to vote. (SJ8)

Introduced By

Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Constitutional amendment (first resolution); qualifications of voters and the right to vote. Establishes that the only qualifications to vote in the Commonwealth are United States citizenship, being at least 18 years of age, residency in the Commonwealth, and registration to vote in accordance with the requirements set out in the Constitution of Virginia. The amendment further provides that any person who meets those qualifications has the right to vote and that such right cannot be abridged by law. The bill removes from current constitutional qualifications to vote not having been convicted of a felony and not having been adjudicated to be mentally incompetent. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/03/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101661D
12/03/2019Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/21/2020Continued to 2021 in Privileges and Elections (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


Keith Savage writes:

Excellent bill! This is about human fairness and moral rights to participate. Felons still must pay taxes and support public initiatives, therefore a felon's voice (via the vote) cannot be muted. Bravo!

SimonTek writes:

So is their rights to a firearm restored? I am actually fine with the felon part, the mentally incompetent part is the one that bothers me.

Ronald N Quasebarth writes:

Did George Soros co-sponsor this bill that seems more at home in communist China? James Carville has warned the Democratic Party and they clearly haven't listened.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

Yes China famously has [checks notes] loose voter registration requirements and [checks notes] humane treatment of former prisoners.