RICHMOND, VA – Delegate Wren Williams (R – Stuart) voted to pass six historic election reform bills on the Virginia House Floor on Thursday and Friday, fulfilling a major campaign promise to his constituents. Williams voted in favor of the following bills, which all passed the Virginia House of Delegates:
- HB34, which repeals the provisions of law that allow ballot drop boxes
- HB39, which limits early in-person absentee voting to fourteen days prior to the election date and specifies that early in-person voting will be available during this period from Monday through Saturday, 7 AM to 7 PM
- HB196, which repeals the permanent absentee voter list established in § 24.2-703.1, whereby voters would receive absentee ballots indefinitely, barring certain exceptions
- HB175, which repeals the permanent absentee voter list and replaces it with an annual absentee voter list, whereby eligible voters can apply to receive absentee ballots for that calendar year, on a yearly basis
- HB205, which bars elections officials from accepting gifts, funding, property, or services from a private individual or NGO to fund voter education and outreach programs, voter registration programs, or other election-related expenses; specifies that an individual or NGO operating a polling place does not violate this provision
- HB1090, which requires all eligible voters to present identification when voting, and provides for free voter identification for eligible voters who lack identification
The passing of these wide-reaching election security bills in the Virginia House is a milestone achievement towards securing Virginia’s elections. It also marks yet another fulfilled campaign promise for Delegate Williams, who had declared election integrity a “top priority” during his campaign and pledged to carry and support legislation that would secure Virginia’s election process.
Before running for office, Delegate Williams had volunteered his services as an attorney for Trump’s legal team to aid the 2020 recount effort in Wisconsin. Williams worked for nearly two months adjudicating ballots on the courtroom floor, where he compiled hard and detailed evidence of fraud and abuse by election officials and party/campaign/community organizers affecting over 200,000 ballots. After the Wisconsin Supreme Court decided to kick the case on a technicality by one vote, Delegate Williams resolved to work on securing elections through the state legislative process. The passage of this legislation through the House is a significant accomplishment towards secure elections in Virginia.
“A year ago, I ran for office on a promise to secure our elections here in Virginia,” Williams said. “When I was in Wisconsin volunteering for Trump’s legal team, I saw firsthand how rogue bureaucrats gave a pass to illegal ballot harvesting and committed fraud by illegally curing absentee ballots. I realized that our laws needed to be tighter, and that we desperately needed more people in government who actually took election integrity seriously.”
“I promised my constituents that I would fight to stop fraud and safeguard our elections here in Virginia. These bills will do exactly that. I am proud to vote for these bills and it is a huge win that they have now passed the House. We will not stop fighting until our elections are secured and Virginia voters are assured that our democratic system is trustworthy.”
Wren William’s election previously made headlines after his landslide victory over entrenched, 14-year incumbent Charles Poindexter in the 2021 Republican primary. At just 33 years old, Wren Williams is one of the youngest delegates in the Virginia House.
Wren Williams is currently the sitting delegate representing Virginia’s 9th House District, serving on the Committee on Public Safety, Committee on Privileges and Elections, and the Committee on Courts of Justice. Prior to running for the House of Delegates, Wren served as Chairman of the Patrick County Republican Committee, where he increased membership, helped flip the board of supervisors to Republican control, and raised money to make Patrick County one of the most active Republican Committees in the Commonwealth earning the Republican Party of Virginia’s “Unit of the Year” award. During the 2020 election, Wren traveled the country to help the Republican National Committee (RNC) and President Trump fight for voter integrity in the courtroom in Wisconsin. Outside of politics, Wren lives in Stuart, Va. with his wife, Britt, where they own and operate Schneider & Williams Law Firm.