Constitutional amendment; qualifications of voters and the right to vote (voter referendum). (SB21)

Introduced By

Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Constitutional amendment (voter referendum); qualifications of voters and the right to vote; persons not entitled to vote. Provides for a referendum at the November 8, 2022, general election to approve or reject an amendment that would provide for the fundamental right to vote in the Commonwealth, revise the qualifications of voters so that a person convicted of a felony is not entitled to vote during his period of incarceration but is automatically invested with the right to vote upon release from incarceration, and update the existing prohibition on voting by persons found to be mentally incompetent to instead apply to persons who have been found to lack the capacity to understand the act of voting. Read the Bill »


01/18/2022: passed committee


12/22/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22100350D
12/22/2021Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/18/2022Reported from Privileges and Elections (9-Y 6-N)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB130, HB416 and HB795.


ChangeServant, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Encourage your Senator and Delegate to vote FOR this bill. This legislation implements the constitutional referendum authorized in SJ1 and includes the question that will be on the ballot in 2022 regarding the proposed amendment guaranteeing the fundamental right to vote.

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