Voter registration; list maintenance, data sharing. (HB1177)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria) with support from 9 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Nadarius Clark (D-Portsmouth), Del. Josh Cole (D-Fredericksburg), Del. Debra Gardner (D-Chesterfield), Del. Phil Hernandez (D-Norfolk), Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), Del. Briana Sewell (D-Prince William), Del. Josh Thomas (D-Gainesville), Del. Rodney Willett (D-Henrico)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Voter registration; list maintenance; data sharing; requiring membership in the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC). Requires the Commissioner of Elections to apply for, enter into, and maintain membership for the Commonwealth in the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC). This bill is identical to SB 606. Read the Bill »


According to the fiscal impact statement, this legislation will cost approximately $87,000 for membership dues to the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) for 2025. Additionally, there will be an estimated cost of approximately $200,000 for an Eligible but Unregistered (EBU) mailing required every two years. The cost to make the new State Voter Registration System (SVRS) compatible with information from ERIC is indeterminate at this time.

Summary generated automatically by OpenAI.


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24100506D
01/10/2024Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/26/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB1177)
01/26/2024Assigned P & E sub: Election Administration
01/29/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 2-N)
02/02/2024Assigned App. sub: General Government and Capital Outlay
02/02/2024Reported from Privileges and Elections (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2024Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/05/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
02/07/2024Reported from Appropriations (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2024Read first time
02/12/2024Read second time and engrossed
02/13/2024Read third time and passed House (50-Y 48-N)
02/13/2024VOTE: Passage (50-Y 48-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2024Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/20/2024Reported from Privileges and Elections (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2024Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/27/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2024Reported from Finance and Appropriations (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2024Read third time
02/28/2024Passed Senate (20-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1177ER)
03/06/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB1177ER)
03/11/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 11, 2024
03/11/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
03/14/2024G Vetoed by Governor
04/17/2024House sustained Governor's veto

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB606.


Michael A writes:

Please withdraw this bill. ERIC does none of the jobs claimed for it. Rather it was invented and promulgated to undermine free and fair elections. It is unworthy of a serious Delegate. It will surely die in the Senate or on the Governor's desk.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

It is important to codify the use of ERIC to ensure that our voter database is accurate. I've seen its benefits up close—it does precisely what its opponents insist that we should do, because they have absolutely no grasp of what ERIC is or why it exists. Virginia cannot fall prey to these absurd conspiracy theories.

Julia Bortle writes:

When liberals support bills, they most times do not benefit a free and fair election. ERIC is intended to circumvent those. When people call something a conspiracy theory, it most times proves to be just the opposite. Sharing personal information to other states provides a perfect opportunity for voter fraud.

Waldo Jaquith writes: do you intend to ensure that people are only registered in and voting in one location...if not...sharing data...between states?

Think this through real carefully, because there is no possible answer here other than "oh, I was wrong."

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