Absentee voting; qualified voters may vote absentee without providing reason. (SB69)

Introduced By

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston)


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 »


Bill Has Failed


12/21/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 087711248
12/21/2007Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/29/2008Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (10-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2008Committee substitute printed 087678248-S1
01/31/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2008Read second time
02/01/2008Reading of substitute waived
02/01/2008Committee substitute agreed to 087678248-S1
02/01/2008Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB69S1
02/04/2008Read third time and passed Senate (31-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2008Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2008Passed Senate (31-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2008Communicated to House
02/12/2008Placed on Calendar
02/12/2008Read first time
02/12/2008Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/12/2008Assigned P & E sub: Elections
03/10/2008Left in Privileges and Elections

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB8, HB309 and SB646.


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.