|Introduced in House||Passed House||Introduced in Senate||Passed Senate||Became Law|
Protected voter status; certain evidence not required.
Removes the requirement that a person who is in fear for his personal safety from another person who has threatened or stalked him must provide evidence that he has filed a complaint with a magistrate or law-enforcement official against such other person in order to be granted protected voter status. The bill does not eliminate the requirement that he submit a signed written statement that he is in fear for his personal safety for him to be granted protected voter status.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. That � 24.2-418 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:
� 24.2-418. Application for registration.
A. Each applicant to register shall provide, subject to felony penalties for making false statements pursuant to � 24.2-1016, the information necessary to complete the application to register. Unless physically disabled, he shall sign the application. The application to register shall be only on a form or forms prescribed by the State Board.
The form of the application to register shall require the applicant to provide the following information: full name; gender; date of birth; social security number, if any; whether the applicant is presently a United States citizen; address of residence in the precinct; place of last previous registration to vote; and whether the applicant has ever been adjudicated incapacitated and disqualified to vote or convicted of a felony, and if so, whether the applicants right to vote has been restored. The form shall contain a statement that whoever votes more than once in any election in the same or different jurisdictions is guilty of a Class 6 felony. Unless directed by the applicant or as permitted in � 24.2-411.1 or 24.2-411.2, the registration application shall not be pre-populated with information the applicant is required to provide.
B. The form shall permit any individual, as follows, or member of his household, to furnish, in addition to his residence street address, a post office box address located within the Commonwealth to be included in lieu of his street address on the lists of registered voters and persons who voted, which are furnished pursuant to �� 24.2-405 and 24.2-406, on voter registration records made available for public inspection pursuant to � 24.2-444, or on lists of absentee voter applicants furnished pursuant to � 24.2-706 or 24.2-710. The voter shall comply with the provisions of � 24.2-424 for any change in the post office box address provided under this subsection.
1. Any active or retired law-enforcement officer, as defined in � 9.1-101 and in 5 U.S.C. � 8331(20), but excluding officers whose duties relate to detention as defined in 5 U.S.C. � 8331(20);
2. Any party granted a protective order issued by or under the authority of any court of competent jurisdiction, including but not limited to courts of the Commonwealth of Virginia;
3. Any party who has furnished a signed written statement by
the party that he is in fear for his personal safety from another person who
has threatened or stalked him
, accompanied by evidence
that he has filed a complaint with a magistrate or law-enforcement official
against such other person;
4. Any party participating in the address confidentiality program pursuant to � 2.2-515.2;
5. Any active or retired federal or Virginia justice or judge and any active or retired attorney employed by the United States Attorney General or Virginia Attorney General; and
6. Any person who has been approved to be a foster parent pursuant to Chapter 9 (� 63.2-900 et seq.) of Title 63.2.
C. If the applicant formerly resided in another state, the general registrar shall send the information contained in the applicants registration application to the appropriate voter registration official or other authority of another state where the applicant formerly resided, as prescribed in subdivision 15 of � 24.2-114.
|01/31/2020||House||House: Reported from Privileges and Elections (19-Y 3-N)|
|01/28/2020||House||House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 1-N)|
|01/13/2020||House||House: Assigned P & E sub: Elections|
|12/30/2019||House||House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101468D|
|12/30/2019||House||House: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections|