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Absentee voting; persons eligible to vote by absentee ballot. (HB1353)

Introduced By

Del. Joe Morrissey (D-Highland Springs) with support from co-patron Del. Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Elections; absentee voting. Provides that qualified voters may vote absentee in person without providing an excuse or reason for not being able to vote in person on election day. The bill retains the present statutory list of specific reasons entitling a voter to cast an absentee ballot for those persons who vote absentee by mail.

Amends § 24.2-700, § 24.2-701, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

  • 11/29/2012 Committee
  • 11/29/2012 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13101406D
  • 11/29/2012 Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
  • 01/11/2013 Assigned P & E sub: Elections Subcommittee
  • 01/15/2013 Impact statement from DPB (HB1353)
  • 01/15/2013 Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB1922-Herring)
  • 02/05/2013 Left in Privileges and Elections

Comments

Carolyn Caywood writes:

See comments for SB702. Overwhelming support!

Hope Amezquita writes:

The ACLU of Virginia supports legislation that expands the opportunity to vote by absentee ballot without having to provide a reason, however this bill only applies to in-person absentee ballot voters. There are too many Virginia voters who do not have access to in-person absentee voting sites because of lack of transportation or work schedules that conflict with in-person absentee voting hours. No-excuse absentee voting should be available to all qualified voters through the mail and by in-person methods.

ACLU-VA Voting Rights, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia supports legislation that expands the opportunity to vote by absentee ballot without having to provide a reason, however this bill only applies to in-person absentee ballot voters. There are too many Virginia voters who do not have access to in-person absentee voting sites because of lack of transportation or work schedules that conflict with in-person absentee voting hours. No-excuse absentee voting should be available to all qualified voters through the mail and by in-person methods.

Va Housing Coalition, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The VHC supports this bill because it creates greater opportunity for low income families to cast a vote. Low income working families frequently face greater challenges in getting to the polls during regular voting hours.