Elections; local electoral boards & general registrars to perform certain risk-limiting audits, etc. (HB895)

Introduced By

Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City) with support from co-patron Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elections; conduct of election; election results; risk-limiting audits. Requires local electoral boards and general registrars to perform certain risk-limiting audits, defined in the bill, under the supervision of the Department of Elections and in accordance with the procedures prescribed by the State Board of Elections with a risk limit of at least 10 percent. The bill provides that localities are required to participate in such audits at least once every five years. The bill also provides that the Department shall submit a report on the results of such audits to the State Board. The provisions of the bill requiring that such audits be conducted (i) for at least one randomly selected contested race for the General Assembly in the year of a general election for members of the General Assembly and (ii) for any other contested race that is necessary to ensure that each locality participates in a risk-limiting audit of an office within its jurisdiction at least once every five years or that the State Board finds appropriate have a delayed effective date of July 1, 2023. The provision of the bill requiring that such audits be conducted for at least one randomly selected contested race for an office that requires certification by the State Board in the year of general election for any local office has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2024. The bill also requires the Department to convene a work group to consider and propose a process and timeline for implementing risk-limiting audits of statewide contests. This bill is identical to SB 370. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22104191D
01/12/2022Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/25/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB895)
02/07/2022Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #2
02/09/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/09/2022House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/11/2022Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2022Committee substitute printed 22105719D-H1
02/13/2022Read first time
02/14/2022Read second time
02/14/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22105719D-H1
02/14/2022Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB895H1
02/14/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB895H1)
02/15/2022Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/15/2022VOTE: Block Vote Passage (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/16/2022Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/22/2022Reported from Privileges and Elections (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2022Read third time
02/25/2022Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2022Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2022Passed Senate (37-Y 0-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
03/01/2022Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB895ER)
03/01/2022Signed by Speaker
03/02/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB895ER)
03/02/2022Signed by President
03/11/2022Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 11, 2022
03/11/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
04/11/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 443 (effective - see bill)
04/11/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0443)

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