Conduct of elections; vote counting, required live video recording. (HB1746)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg) with support from 7 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Amanda Batten (R-Toano), Del. Buddy Fowler (R-Ashland), Del. Danny Marshall (R-Danville), Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg), Del. Wendell Walker (R-Lynchburg), Del. Tommy Wright (R-Victoria), Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Conduct of elections; vote counting; required live video recording. Requires the general registrar of each county and city to provide for a live video recording of each polling place while absentee ballots are cast, votes are counted, and returns are completed, and of each central absentee precinct while ballots are handled and returns are completed. The general registrars are required to ensure the video coverage is recorded and retained until the deadline to request a recount has passed and, if any contest or recount is pending thereafter, until it has been concluded. The bill provides that each live video recording must include date and time indicators and be linked to the official website of the county or city. The Department of Elections is required to post links on its official website to the video coverage for viewing by the public. The bill provides that any disruption in video coverage shall not affect or prevent the continued casting of absentee ballots, counting of votes, or completion of returns, and is not grounds for an election contest. Read the Bill »


01/19/2021: Awaiting a Vote in the Privileges and Elections Committee


12/03/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21100832D
12/03/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/15/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1746)
01/19/2021Assigned P & E sub: Election Administration
01/20/2021Impact statement from DHCD/CLG (HB1746)

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