Election officials, state and local; acceptance of certain gifts and funding prohibited, etc. (HB205)

Introduced By

Del. Otto Wachsmann (R-Sussex) with support from co-patrons Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun), and Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


State and local elections officials; acceptance of certain gifts and funding prohibited. Prohibits state and local elections officials from soliciting, accepting, using, or disposing of any moneys, grants, property, or services given by a private individual or nongovernmental entity for the purpose of funding voter education and outreach programs, voter registration programs, or any other expense incurred in the conduct of elections. The bill specifically provides that it is not a violation of this prohibition to (i) operate a polling place or voter satellite office in a facility furnished by a private individual or nongovernmental entity or (ii) accept a federal government grant funded in whole or part by donations from private individuals or nongovernmental entities. This bill is identical to SB 80. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22103013D
01/10/2022Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/24/2022Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #2
01/24/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB205)
01/26/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (7-Y 1-N)
01/27/2022House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/02/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
02/04/2022Reported from Privileges and Elections (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2022Read first time
02/09/2022Passed by for the day
02/10/2022Read second time and engrossed
02/11/2022Read third time and passed House (51-Y 48-N)
02/11/2022VOTE: Passage (51-Y 48-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2022Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
03/01/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
03/01/2022Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2022Committee substitute printed 22107257D-S1
03/02/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB205S1)
03/02/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2022Read third time
03/03/2022Reading of substitute waived
03/03/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22107257D-S1
03/03/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB205S1
03/03/2022Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2022Senate substitute agreed to by House 22107257D-S1 (50-Y 47-N)
03/07/2022VOTE: Adoption (50-Y 47-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2022Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB205ER)
03/10/2022Signed by Speaker
03/10/2022Signed by President
03/11/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB205ER)
03/22/2022Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 22, 2022
03/22/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
04/11/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 697 (effective 7/1/22)
04/11/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0697)


Dee Martworthy writes:

Voter education, outreach and registration are all ways to inform the public and create a robust and informed electorate. If the state does not provide replacement funding to encourage voter education, outreach and registration, then private funding must be allowed. Just like churches are allowed to use private funds.

I oppose this bill.