Voter registration; preregistration for persons age 16 or older. Permits a person who is otherwise qualified to register to vote and is 16 years of age or older, but who will not be 18 years of age on or before the day of the next general election, to preregister to vote. The preregistration does not entitle such a person to vote in any election except as already permitted by law. The bill requires the Department of Elections to maintain a record of all preregistered voters in the Virginia voter registration system, which shall automatically register a person who is preregistered upon that person';s reaching 18 years of age. The bill requires the Department to provide to the general registrars voter confirmation documents for such voters.Legislative Information System of Virginia HB944 details.
|February 1st||Patron Comments:|
Delegate Lopez explained tha thtis bill does not allow persons over 16 to vote, but gives these people time to register in advance so that those who turn 18 close to elections are not caught unprepared. Furthermore, early registration has been proven to increase voting rates when those people eventually turn 18. Finally, Delegate Lopez explained that the bill would have a de minimus fiscal impact
Public Comments (Con):
The Virginia Registrars Association stated that this bill would put a lot of weight on registrars to handle these requirements.
The Virginia State Board of Elections echoed this sentiment.
Delegate Landes explained that he supports the idea behind the bill, but that the goal of getting youth to vote should be tackled in different ways that would put less strain on registrars.
Passed by Indefinitely