HJR21 S JUD AM #1 2-14

Schindzielorz  7892


The Committee on the Judiciary moved to amend the bill by striking out everything after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:


Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia, two thirds of the members elected to each house agreeing thereto:

That the question of ratification or rejection of an amendment to the Constitution of the State of West Virginia be submitted to the voters of the state at the next general election to be held in the year 2024, which proposed amendment is that Section 1, Article IV thereof, be amended, to read as follows:


4-1.  Election and officers.

The citizens of the state shall be entitled to vote at all elections held within the counties in which they respectively reside; but no person who is a minor, or who has been declared mentally incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction, or who is under conviction of treason, felony, or bribery in an election, or who has not been a resident of the state and of the county in which he or she offers to vote for 30 days next preceding such offer shall be permitted to vote while such disability continues; but no person in the military, naval, or marine service of the United States shall be deemed a resident of this state by reason of being stationed therein, nor shall any person who is not a citizen of the United States be entitled to vote at any election held within this state.

Resolved further, That in accordance with the provisions of §3-11-1 et seq. of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, such amendment is hereby numbered "Amendment 1" and designated as the "Citizens Voting Amendment" and the purpose of the proposed amendment is summarized as follows: "The purpose of this amendment is to prohibit persons who are not citizens of the United States from voting in West Virginia elections."