Absentee voting; qualified voters may vote absentee in person without providing reason. (SB646)

Introduced By

Sen. Patsy Ticer (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patrons Del. Chuck Caputo (D-Oak Hill), Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale), Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke), and Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


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. Read the Bill »


01/29/2008: Merged into SB69


01/09/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 088317336
01/09/2008Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/29/2008Incorporated by Privileges and Elections (SB69-Howell) (10-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB8, SB69 and HB309.


Lu Ann Maciulla McNabb writes:

Excellent idea. It will encourage more people to vote, especially for those individuals who have long commutes. There are many reasons why people may not be able to vote on Election Day and as long as absentee voting is available in person or mail, then it should be offered to all, not a select few.

T. D. Howard writes:

This is one of those warm fuzzy bills that will cost the localities much needed resources, for very little result.
Each locality would be responsible for the costs associated with additional equipment,staffing, administrating and holding a 45 day long election.
There are no financial supports in the bill.
Other states have shown that early voting DOES NOT increase overall turnout AND actually pulls voters AWAY from the polling place on election day. IOW the same people will vote, they just vote early.