Constitutional amendment; qualifications of voters and the right to vote (first reference). (SJ272)

Introduced By

Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton) with support from co-patrons Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon), Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond), and Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)


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 is identical to HJ 555. Read the Bill »


02/15/2021: Passed the House


12/01/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21100635D
12/01/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/04/2021Reported from Privileges and Elections (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2021Reading waived (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/05/2021Floor substitute printed 21104430D-S1 (Surovell)
02/05/2021Read second time
02/05/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/05/2021Substitute by Senator Surovell agreed to 21104430D-S1
02/05/2021Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SJ272S1
02/05/2021Reading waived (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Agreed to by Senate (22-Y 15-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/07/2021Placed on Calendar
02/07/2021Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in Privileges and Elections
02/10/2021Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2021Committee substitute printed 21200087D-H1
02/15/2021Taken up
02/15/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21200087D-H1
02/15/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute SJ272H1
02/15/2021Agreed to by House with substitute (56-Y 44-N)
02/15/2021VOTE: Adoption (56-Y 44-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021House substitute rejected by Senate (0-Y 38-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021House insisted on substitute
02/18/2021House requested conference committee
02/23/2021Senate acceded to request (39-Y 0-N)
02/23/2021Conferees appointed by Senate
02/23/2021Senators: Locke, Surovell, Vogel
02/24/2021Conferees appointed by House
02/24/2021Delegates: Herring, Simon, Avoli
02/27/2021C Amended by conference committee
02/27/2021Conference substitute printed 21200555D-S2
02/27/2021House requested second conference committee
02/27/2021Senate acceded to request for second conference committee (36-Y 3-N)
02/27/2021Second conferees appointed by Senate
02/27/2021Senators: Locke, Surovell, Vogel
02/27/2021Second conferees appointed by House
02/27/2021Delegates: Herring, Simon, Avoli
02/27/2021Second Conference substitute printed 21200805D-S3
02/27/2021Conference report agreed to by House (56-Y 40-N)
02/27/2021VOTE: Agreed To (56-Y 40-N)
02/27/2021Conference report agreed to by Senate (21-Y 17-N)
03/09/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SJ272ER)
03/31/2021Assigned Chapter 519 (effective 7/1/21)
03/31/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0519)