HJR 681/SJR 363
Joint Subcommittee to
Study Virginia's Election Process and Voting Technologies
Task Force #2: Voter Registration and
Election Day Processes
This task force
reviewed the present voter registration process. It heard presentations
by the Department of Motor Vehicles and State Board of Elections including
information on the co-location of DMV and voter registration offices,
improvements in the combined DMV/voter registration application form,
and steps now taken by DMV customer service representatives to ensure
that applicants who want to register complete and sign the application.
It reviewed issues concerning voter eligibility with a panel of voter
registrars and election officials.
The task force
identified the following items and issues for further review:
- DMV/SBE will prepare a "concept
paper" to discuss ways to scan and retain declinations to register,
the destruction of the forms, and the best way to provide access to
application forms to answer election day questions on voter registrations.
The task force also suggested possible revisions to the pending new
form to flag the need to complete portions following the applicant's
- DMV will provide a terminal
to demonstrate the process for registering voters at a future task force
meeting and will develop an action plan on the training of customer
service representatives to make certain that voter registration applications
are fully completed prior to transmittal to the SBE.
- SBE will provide a list of
organizations requesting materials for voter registration drives and
report on ways to standardize procedures (information, training, etc.)
for individuals and organizations initiating voter registration drives.
- SBE will look into developing
a more aggressive educational program for college students on voter
registration issues in Virginia.
- The task force will obtain
an Attorney General's opinion on possible conflicts between recent statutory
changes to state law regarding incompetence and existing constitutional
provisions regarding incompetence with respect to the eligibility to
vote and, if necessary, will evaluate possible statutory changes.
- The task force will evaluate
possible statutory changes that would create greater consistency in
current state laws regarding the deadlines to apply for absentee ballots
and vote absentee.
- Staff will provide information
on how to provide more timely information on deaths to the Division
of Vital Statistics.
- Staff will prepare draft
legislation to implement the recommendations of the Federal Voting Assistance
Program for task force review.
- Staff will provide a paper
to show the various lists that courts can currently use for juror selection
in addition to voter registration lists.
- Staff will provide possible
statutory changes to clarify voter eligibility issues for the homeless
and so-called "snow birds" for task force review.
- Staff will prepare possible
statutory changes to clarify the ability of the SBE to modify absentee
ballot deadlines in the case of local, state or national emergencies.
The task force
will meet twice in September on dates to be determined: first, to follow
up on the voter registration issues identified above, and second, to evaluate
additional election process issues that will be identified at its meeting
on Tuesday, August 28, 2001, at 10:00 a.m. in the 4th Floor West Conference
Room, General Assembly Building. The task force is also meeting July 31
on issues concerning officers of election.
The Honorable William
T. Bolling, Task Force Chairman
The Honorable James K. O'Brien,
Legislative Services contact: Mary Spain
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