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 »


Bill Has Failed


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) (see vote tally)
01/20/2022Motion to rerefer to committee agreed to
01/20/2022Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/02/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB21)
02/09/2022Reported from Finance and Appropriations (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2022Read second time and engrossed
02/14/2022Read third time and passed Senate (23-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2022Placed on Calendar
02/22/2022Read first time
02/22/2022Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/28/2022Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #1
03/01/2022Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (6-Y 4-N)
03/08/2022Left in Privileges and Elections

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.

Timothy L Irwin writes:

Felons loose their right to own a gun BECAUSE they are criminals! I do not think they should have the right to vote like other law abiding citizens even after their release. They have shown themselves not have any regard for the law and we are a country of laws!

MRWBA Legislative Committee, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

If passed, this bill will govern the question placed on the ballot when voters are given the chance to vote in 2022 on a constitutional amendment to guarantee the right to vote.