Date Requested: March 16, 2021
Time Requested: 11:31 AM
Agency: Motor Vehicles, WV Division of
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
3204 Introduced SB565
CBD Subject: Boards and Commissions


Road Fund

Sources of Revenue:

Special Fund

Legislation creates:

Creates New Expense

Fiscal Note Summary

Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.

The purpose of this bill is to require a runoff election concurrently with the general election for nonpartisan judicial races when no candidate receives at least 50% of votes cast in the previous primary election; add voter registration roll list maintenance procedures voters who are declared mentally incompetent or identified during jury duty selection by state and federal courts; procedures for identifying and contacting voters who appear to have moved to an address different than the one on their voter record; requiring pre-approval by the State Election Commission for any non-public funding offered to any election official or agency to fund election-related expenses to prevent actual or the appearance of corruption; to adopt the list maintenance idle voter procedure from the State of Ohio, which was upheld by the United States Supreme Court of Appeals in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute (2018); permit eligible citizens the affirmative option to choose whether to register to vote while at any Department of Motor Vehicles office; change the period of in-person early voting to allot sufficient time for election officials to update voter history, produce poll books, prepare voting equipment, and accomplish last-minute preparations for election day, which time is currently limited to two days prior to any election; require disclosure of political push-polls and prerecorded political telephone messages; make absentee-by-mail and emergency absentee ballot application deadlines consistent with United States Postal Service recommendations effective January 1, 2022; move initial jurisdiction of county, district, and municipal contested elections from a county commission or municipal governing body to circuit court panel of judges; decrease the timeframe for election contest proceedings to ensure efficient finality of elections; grants rule-making authority to the Supreme Court of Appeals for procedural election contest matters; permit prevailing parties to request court costs and attorney fees for frivolous or bad-faith election contest actions; prohibit candidates from giving personal or business gifts of any value to any non-family, non-educational institution, or unregistered charity or nonprofit organization within 60 days of any election day notwithstanding exceptions; extend electronic absentee ballot transmission options to voters eligible to vote an emergency absentee ballot and first responders called away for duty outside their county of residence which prevents them from participating in the election; and to prohibit activities that interfere with or hinder voters’ access to the polls by affording them open and accessible ingress and egress during in-person voting in an election. The Division estimates it will incur costs of approximately $24,000 to program the Driver’s License system.

Fiscal Note Detail

Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 24,000 0
Personal Services 0 0 0
Current Expenses 0 24,000 0
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0

Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):

$24,000 Programming $24,000 Total Current Expense


    Person submitting Fiscal Note: Raeann Kriner
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