HB 206 Implementation of the National Voter Registration Act.
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Summary:
Implementation of the National Voter Registration Act. Provides for registration of voters by mail and at the offices of the Department of Motor Vehicles, public assistance agencies, agencies primarily providing services to the disabled, armed forces recruitment offices, Game and Inland Fisheries regional offices and certain Virginia Employment Commission offices. The bill also establishes a voter list maintenance program and fail-safe voting procedures to ensure that voters who change their place of residence are provided the opportunity to correct their registration records before they are removed from the voter registration list. These changes are being made in the Commonwealth's unitary voter registration system for federal, state and local elections. The changes are made in response to the National Voter Registration Act, which Virginia is required to follow concerning voter registration procedures for federal elections, and to maintain the Commonwealth's unitary voter registration system. A constitutional amendment passed at the 1994 November election paved the way to change voter registration procedures for state and local elections by deleting (i) the requirement that a person must apply in person to register and (ii) the provisions for canceling a voter's registration for not voting. The 1995 General Assembly passed legislation similar to this bill which the Governor vetoed. The Commonwealth brought suit challenging the National Voter Registration Act in the federal district court following the 1995 Session. The district court upheld the validity of the federal Act and ruled that the Act would become effective in Virginia on March 6, 1996, with respect to voter registration procedures for federal elections. This bill also takes effect March 6, 1996.

Full text:
01/10/96  House: Presented & ordered printed w/emg. clause 965319443  pdf
02/07/96  House: Committee substitute printed 965406443-H1  pdf
02/10/96  House: Printed as engrossed 965406443-EH1  pdf
02/19/96  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB206ER)  pdf
03/04/96  House: Reenrolled bill text (HB206ER)  pdf
03/05/96  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0072)  pdf

Amendments:
House amendments
House amendments rejected
Senate amendments rejected
Governor's recommendation

Status:
01/10/96  House: Presented & ordered printed w/emg. clause 965319443
01/10/96  House: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/19/96  House: Assigned to P. & E. sub-committee: 2
02/07/96  House: Reported from P. & E. w/substitute (16-Y 6-N)
02/07/96  House: Committee substitute printed 965406443-H1
02/08/96  House: Read first time
02/09/96  House: Passed by for the day
02/10/96  House: Read second time
02/10/96  House: Committee substitute agreed to 965406443-H1
02/10/96  House: Amendment by Mr. Scott agreed to
02/10/96  House: Emergency clause deleted
02/10/96  House: Amendment by Mr. Guest rejected
02/10/96  House: Eng. by House-com.sub.w/amd. (74-Y 25-N) 965406443-EH1
02/10/96  House: VOTE: ENGROSSMENT (74-Y 25-N)
02/10/96  House: Printed as engrossed 965406443-EH1
02/12/96  House: Read third time and passed House (73-Y 26-N)
02/12/96  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (73-Y 26-N)
02/12/96  House: Communicated to Senate
02/13/96  Senate: Read first time
02/13/96  Senate: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/14/96  Senate: Reported from Privileges and Elections (8-Y 5-N)
02/15/96  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/15/96  Senate: VOTE: CONST. READING DISPENSED (39-Y 0-N)
02/15/96  Senate: Read third time
02/15/96  Senate: Previous question ordered (22-Y 16-N)
02/15/96  Senate: VOTE: PREVIOUS QUESTION (22-Y 16-N)
02/15/96  Senate: Passed Senate (24-Y 14-N)
02/15/96  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE (24-Y 14-N)
02/15/96  Senate: Rec. of passage agreed to by Senate (37-Y 3-N)
02/15/96  Senate: VOTE: RECONSIDER (37-Y 3-N)
02/15/96  Senate: Passed by temporarily
02/15/96  Senate: Reading of amendments waived
02/15/96  Senate: Amendments by Mr. Bolling rejected (17-Y 23-N)
02/15/96  Senate: VOTE: FLOOR AMEND 1 (17-Y 23-N)
02/15/96  Senate: Reading of amendment waived
02/15/96  Senate: Amendment by Mr. Stolle rejected (19-Y 21-N)
02/15/96  Senate: VOTE: FLOOR AMEND 2 (19-Y 21-N)
02/15/96  Senate: Reading of amendment waived
02/15/96  Senate: Amendment by Mr. Norment rejected
02/15/96  Senate: Passed Senate (24-Y 16-N)
02/15/96  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE (24-Y 16-N)
02/19/96  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB206ER)
02/21/96  House: Enrolled
02/21/96  House: Signed by Speaker
02/21/96  Senate: Signed by President
02/27/96  House: Governor's recommendation received by House
02/27/96  House: Placed on Calendar
02/28/96  House: Emergency clause added
02/28/96  House: House concurred in Gov's recommendation (93-Y 4-N)
02/28/96  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (93-Y 4-N)
03/01/96  Senate: Senate concurred in Gov's recommendation (36-Y 4-N)
03/01/96  Senate: VOTE: ADOPT GOV. RECOMM. (36-Y 4-N)
03/01/96  House: Reenrolled
03/01/96  House: Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
03/01/96  Senate: Signed by President as reenrolled
03/01/96  House: Enacted, Chapter 72 (effective 3/6/96)
03/04/96  House: Reenrolled bill text (HB206ER)
03/05/96  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0072)