Voter registration; restoration of political rights upon release from incarceration, effective date. (SB767)

Introduced By

Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Voter registration; restoration of political rights upon release from incarceration; certain adjudications. Provides that any person who is convicted of a felony and sentenced to a period of incarceration for such felony conviction is not entitled to register to vote or to vote for the duration of the period of incarceration, but that he is to be invested with all political rights lost as a result of the felony conviction upon release from incarceration and is thereafter entitled to register to vote. The bill requires the Department of Corrections and the State Board of Local and Regional Jails to transmit to the Department of Elections certain information related to an incarcerated person with a scheduled date of release. The bill also requires the Director of the Department of Corrections to provide to any person being released from incarceration, on the date of his release, (i) an application to register to vote with instructions for returning the application by mail; (ii) information regarding how to register to vote by electronic means or in person, in the form prescribed by the State Board of Elections for this purpose; and (iii) an official release document for voter registration purposes. Enactment of the provisions of this bill are contingent upon the passage of an amendment to the Constitution of Virginia on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November 2022 providing for the qualifications of voters and the right to vote by amending Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution of Virginia related to persons convicted of a felony and persons adjudicated as lacking the capacity to understand the act of voting. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/21/2022Presented and ordered printed 22104979D
01/21/2022Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/01/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/01/2022Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendment (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2022Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/03/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB767)
02/09/2022Reported from Finance and Appropriations (12-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2022Read second time
02/11/2022Reading of amendment waived
02/11/2022Committee amendment agreed to
02/11/2022Engrossed by Senate as amended SB767E
02/11/2022Printed as engrossed 22104979D-E
02/14/2022Read third time and passed Senate (25-Y 15-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB767E)
02/23/2022Placed on Calendar
02/23/2022Read first time
02/23/2022Referred 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


ChangeServant, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

SUPPORT. Sets out procedures for implementing constitutional right to vote if passed by voters.