Constitutional amendment; qualifications of voters and the right to vote (second reference). (SJ1)

Introduced By

Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton) with support from co-patron Sen. Ghazala Hashmi (D-Midlothian)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate

Description

Constitutional amendment (second reference); qualifications of voters and the right to vote; persons not entitled to vote. Provides that every person who meets the qualifications of voters set forth in the Constitution shall have the fundamental right to vote in the Commonwealth and that such right shall not be abridged by law, except for persons who have been convicted of a felony and persons who have been adjudicated to lack the capacity to understand the act of voting. A person who has been convicted of a felony shall not be entitled to vote during any period of incarceration for such felony conviction but upon release from incarceration for that felony conviction and without further action required of him, such person shall be invested with all political rights, including the right to vote. Currently, in order to be qualified to vote a person convicted of a felony must have his civil rights restored by the Governor or other appropriate authority. The amendment also provides that a person adjudicated by a court of competent jurisdiction as lacking the capacity to understand the act of voting shall not be entitled to vote during this period of incapacity until his capacity has been reestablished as prescribed by law. Currently, the Constitution provides that a person who has been adjudicated to be mentally incompetent is not qualified to vote until his competency is reestablished. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
12/06/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22100349D
12/06/2021Referred 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
02/09/2022Reported from Finance and Appropriations (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2022Read first time
02/11/2022Read second time and engrossed
02/14/2022Passed by for the day
02/15/2022Read third time and agreed to by Senate (24-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2022Placed on Calendar
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: HJ28.

Comments

ChangeServant, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Encourage your Senator and Delegate to vote FOR this resolution. If passed by the House and Senate without any change, this resolution would allow voters the chance to approve a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to vote to all Virginia citizens 18 and over.

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

If passed, this resolution will place on the ballot in 2022, a proposed constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to vote to Virginia citizens 18 and over except when they are serving time for felony convictions. It also changes the language governing the right to vote for people with disabilities to ensure that a person must be found unable to understand the act of voting before their voting rights are curtailed.

Spread the Vote - Arlington/Falls Church, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Automatic restoration of civil and voting rights for those returning citizens who have completed their sentences is vital in our democracy.

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