Vol. 31 Iss. 15 - March 23, 2015

Chapter 20
Proposed Regulation

REGISTRAR'S NOTICE: The State Board of Elections is claiming an exemption from the Administrative Process Act pursuant to § 2.2-4002 B 8 of the Code of Virginia, which exempts agency action relating to the conduct of elections or eligibility to vote.

Title of Regulation: 1VAC20-20. General Administration (amending 1VAC20-20-10, 1VAC20-20-30, 1VAC20-20-60).

Statutory Authority: § 24.2-103 of the Code of Virginia.

Public Hearing Information:

June 23, 2015 - 2 p.m. - Washington Building, Room
B-27, 1100 Bank Street, Richmond, VA 23219

Public Comment Deadline: May 15, 2015.

Agency Contact: Martha Brissette, Policy Analyst, Department of Elections, 1100 Bank Street, Richmond, VA 23219, telephone (804) 864-8925, FAX (804) 371-0194, or email


Chapter 542 of the 2013 Acts of Assembly restructured the State Board of Elections and established the Commissioner of Elections as agency head. The amendments update the regulation accordingly.

1VAC20-20-10. Definitions.

The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Board" means the Virginia State Board of Elections.

"Secretary" means the Secretary of the State Board of Elections.

"Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Elections. Unless the context requires otherwise, all references to the secretary in forms, regulations, and guidance documents prepared before July 1, 2014, shall include the commissioner.

1VAC20-20-30. Organization of State Board of Elections; seal.

A. The board shall have a chairman and a vice-chairman of the board, in addition to the ex-officio secretary. The chairman shall preside at all meetings and perform the usual functions of a presiding officer and such other duties as are imposed by these regulations or from time to time by the board. In the chairman's absence, the vice-chairman shall perform these functions and duties. Each member, except the secretary, shall receive a per diem and expenses for attendance. Expenses shall be reported on forms approved by the Department of Accounts. The secretary is authorized to sign the vouchers for the payment of such expenses.

B. The secretary shall be authorized and it shall be the secretary's duty to employ such assistants and to purchase such equipment and supplies as are necessary from time to time, subject to the provisions of the law creating the board and the provisions of the laws and rules relating to the budgetary and personnel systems. The secretary or secretary's designee is authorized to execute necessary vouchers for the payment of the salaries of such assistants and for equipment and supplies so secured.

C. B. The secretary commissioner is authorized and directed to perform all duties of a routine and administrative character imposed upon the board by the law creating the same and other such duties delegated to the secretary commissioner by the board.

D. C. The secretary commissioner is authorized to do all things necessary to the proper execution of the law creating and governing the board and in the performance of the duties imposed upon it insofar as the same are not from their nature such as can be performed only by the board in its corporate capacity.

E. D. The secretary commissioner is authorized and directed to consult with and obtain the advice of the Attorney General, on behalf of and in the name of the board, whenever in the secretary's commissioner's judgment occasion arises.

F. E. Routine and informal action of the board or of the secretary commissioner within the scope of the secretary's commissioner's authority may be evidenced merely by the signature of the secretary commissioner.

G. F. Two members of the board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any duly constituted meeting.

H. G. Notice of each meeting of the board shall be given to all board members either by the secretary or the member calling the meeting at least three business days prior to the meeting except in the case of an emergency as defined in § 2.2-3701 of the Code of Virginia. Notice shall be given to the public as required by § 2.2-3707 of the Code of Virginia. All meetings shall be conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (§ 2.2-3700 et seq. of the Code of Virginia). All meetings shall be open to the public unless the board goes into a closed meeting pursuant to § 2.2-3711 of the Code of Virginia.

I. H. A record of formal official and definitive actions of the board shall be preserved in a record book which may be bound or loose leaf.

J. I. The secretary shall keep the seal of the board and affix the seal to evidence formal action of the board.

1VAC20-20-60. Delegations to Secretary of State Board Commissioner of Elections.

A. In addition to the authority described in 1VAC20-20-30, the secretary commissioner has the delegations of authority to the secretary detailed in the board's minutes of December 2, 2004, as amended September 14, 2010 Virginia State Board of Elections: Delegated Duties and Responsibilities, undated, and Addendum to Board Policy 2004-007a - Delegation of Board Authority, August 16, 2011. Board staff (i) may update that listing to correct citations and (ii) shall post the list to the Internet in order that additional delegations or other modifications may be proposed to the board by any interested person.

B. The secretary commissioner is authorized to prescribe the paper ballot reconciliation form under § 24.2-666 of the Code of Virginia and to develop, maintain, and prepare instructions for the operation of poll equipment before, during, and after the closing of the polls and in preparation of the statements of results.

C. The secretary commissioner shall monitor and control the quality and cost of the copies of Title 24.2 of the Code of Virginia and other election materials that the board provides to electoral boards for use at each precinct.

D. Subject to the board's policy oversight, the secretary commissioner has authority to conduct the board's administrative and programmatic operations and to discharge the board's duties consistent with specific delegations of authority.

E. The secretary commissioner is authorized to establish and maintain a central repository of forms and instructions approved for use in conducting elections. The forms and instructions shall be organized following a standard naming convention consisting of name taken from the first descriptive line, a statutory or other authority identifier, and revision date.


Security Requirements for Cryptographic Modules, FIPS PUB 140-2, issued May 25, 2001, including change notices through December 3, 2002, National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce

Virginia State Plan - 2012, Help America Vote Act of 2002, adopted March 2012, Virginia State Board of Elections

Help America Vote Act of 2002 Performance Goals, Virginia State Board of Elections, June 19, 2006 (Virginia State Board of Elections Policy 2006-004)

State Board of Election Minutes of December 2, 2004, as amended September 14, 2010

Delegated Duties and Responsibilities, Virginia State Board of Elections, undated

Addendum to Board Policy 2004-007a, Delegation of Board Authority, Virginia State Board of Elections, August 16, 2011

VA.R. Doc. No. R15-4077; Filed March 4, 2015, 9:54 a.m.