Constitutional amendment; felon disenfranchisement. (HJ555)

Introduced By

Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria) with support from 30 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Lashrecse D. Aird (D-Petersburg), Del. Alex Askew (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Hala Ayala (D-Woodbridge), Del. Lamont Bagby (D-Richmond), Del. Jeff Bourne (D-Richmond), Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Lee Carter (D-Manassas), Del. Josh Cole (D-Stafford), Del. Cliff Hayes (D-Chesapeake), Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Sally Hudson (D-Charlottesville), Del. Chris Hurst (D-Blacksburg), Del. Clinton Jenkins (D-Suffolk), Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. David Reid (D-Loudoun), Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon), Del. Don Scott (D-Portsmouth), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), Del. Shelly Simonds (D-Newport News), Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield), Del. Schuyler VanValkenburg (D-Henrico), Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Constitutional amendment (first reference); qualifications of voters and the right to vote; persons not entitled to vote. Provides that every person who meets the qualifications of voters set forth in the Constitution shall have the fundamental right to vote in the Commonwealth and that such right shall not be abridged by law, except for persons who have been convicted of a felony and persons who have been adjudicated to lack the capacity to understand the act of voting. A person who has been convicted of a felony shall not be entitled to vote during any period of incarceration for such felony conviction, but upon release from incarceration for that felony conviction and without further action required of him, he shall be invested with all political rights, including the right to vote. A person who has been adjudicated to lack the capacity to understand the act of voting shall not be entitled to vote during this period of incapacity until his capacity has been reestablished as prescribed by law. This resolution incorporates HJ 546 and is identical to SJ 272. Read the Bill »


02/19/2021: Passed the Senate


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102197D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/14/2021Assigned P & E sub: Constitutional Amendments
02/01/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (4-Y 2-N)
02/03/2021Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2021Committee substitute printed 21104281D-H1
02/03/2021Incorporates HJ546 (Jones)
02/04/2021Taken up
02/04/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21104281D-H1
02/04/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute HJ555H1
02/04/2021Agreed to by House (58-Y 41-N)
02/04/2021VOTE: Agree To (58-Y 41-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Reading waived
02/05/2021Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Privileges and Elections (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/16/2021Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2021Committee substitute printed 21200032D-S1
02/18/2021Read second time
02/19/2021Read third time
02/19/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/19/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21200032D-S1
02/19/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HJ555S1
02/19/2021Agreed to by Senate with substitute (20-Y 16-N)
02/23/2021VOTE: Adoption (2-Y 93-N)
02/23/2021Placed on Calendar
02/23/2021Senate substitute rejected by House 21200032D-S1 (2-Y 93-N)
02/23/2021VOTE: REJECTED (2-Y 93-N)
02/24/2021Senate insisted on substitute (35-Y 4-N)
02/24/2021Senate requested conference committee
02/25/2021House acceded to request
02/25/2021Conferees appointed by House
02/25/2021Delegates: Herring, Simon, Avoli
02/25/2021Conferees appointed by Senate
02/25/2021Senators: Locke, Surovell, Vogel
02/27/2021C Amended by conference committee
02/27/2021Conference substitute printed 21200745D-H2
02/27/2021Conference report rejected by Senate (0-Y 39-N)
02/27/2021Senate requested second conference committee (23-Y 16-N)
02/27/2021House acceded to request for second conference committee
02/27/2021Second conferees appointed by House
02/27/2021Delegates: Herring, Simon, Avoli
02/27/2021Second conferees appointed by Senate
02/27/2021Senators: Locke, Surovell, Vogel
02/27/2021Conference report agreed to by Senate (21-Y 18-N)
02/27/2021Second Conference substitute printed 21200807D-H3
02/27/2021Conference report agreed to by House (56-Y 40-N)
02/27/2021VOTE: Agreed To (56-Y 40-N)
03/09/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HJ555ER)
03/31/2021Assigned Chapter 516 (effective 7/1/21)
03/31/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0516)



AFTER a Man or Woman is jewstarred with a LABEL called "felony" - and has been CONVICTED BY A JURY OF THE CRIME, sentenced to "rehabilitation" and actually PAID their alleged "debt to the STATE" - and RE-Turned to the PRIVATE FROM THE PUBLIC SERVITUDE - the Man shall be DECLARED "REDEEMED" AND RE-STORE/ED TO FULL PRIVATE CAPACITY and his Own Beneficial RIGHTS to USE HIS OWN ASSIGNED PUBLIC - credentials - for HIM-SELF - without INFRINGEMENT BY OTHER PUBLIC - Flush the TOILET - Flush the CACHE.