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Virginia Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Feb. 5, 2013 SB 1256 Requires Photo Identification for Voting Bill Passed - Senate
(20 - 20)
Nay
Feb. 5, 2013 SB 719 Amends Voting Requirements Bill Passed - Senate
(20 - 20)
Nay
Jan. 28, 2013 SB 690 Reduces the Number of Signatures Required to Run for President Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 17)
Yea
Feb. 27, 2012 HB 9 Voter Identification Requirements Bill Passed - Senate
(20 - 20)
Nay
Feb. 6, 2012 SB 1 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - Senate
(20 - 20)
Nay
Jan. 20, 2012 HB 251 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate
(20 - 19)
Nay
April 11, 2011 HB 5001 Legislative Redistricting Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(22 - 17)
Yea
Jan. 24, 2011 SB 949 Allowing Absentee Voting For Any Reason Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 14)
Yea
Jan. 25, 2010 SB 83 Authorizing No-Excuse, In-Person Absentee Voting Bill Passed - Senate
(29 - 10)
Yea
Feb. 9, 2009 SJ 273 Legislative Restoration of Voting Rights for Nonviolent Felons Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(27 - 13)
Yea
Feb. 9, 2009 SJ 354 Civil Rights for Nonviolent Felons Joint Resolution Failed - Senate
(19 - 19)
Yea
Jan. 26, 2009 SB 810 Authorizing No-Excuse, In-Person Absentee Voting Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 16)
Yea
Jan. 29, 2007 SB 920 Requirements For Absentee Voting Bill Passed - Senate
(25 - 15)
Yea
Jan. 25, 2007 SJ 307 Voting Rights of Nonviolent Felons Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(29 - 10)
Yea
Jan. 23, 2007 SJ 352 Creation of a Bipartisan Redistricting Commission Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(22 - 18)
Yea
Feb. 6, 2006 Sub SB 313 DMV Reporting Requirements for Non-citizens Bill Passed - Senate
(25 - 15)
Nay

About the Selection and Descriptions of Key Votes

Project Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and State voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Key votes typically include the initial passage of legislation and final conference report vote versions (the compromised versions of bills passed in separate House and Senate versions). Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

  1. The vote should be helpful in portraying how a member stands on a particular issue
  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
  3. The vote has received media attention
  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

Descriptions of the votes are written by Vote Smart staff and based on information included in the Congressional Record, State House Journals, or Senate Journals, with additional background information from newspapers, magazines, etc. Vote Smart provides summaries for each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the final version of the bill.

The Key Votes Program follows Project Vote Smart's strict policies, procedures and structure that guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. In order to ensure that all Key Votes are non-partisan in their selection and language, each is approved by a group of over 160 political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.

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