Absentee voting; adds persons disabled & entitled to request assistance in voting who are age 65. (HB1896)

Introduced By

Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elections; persons entitled to vote absentee. Adds persons who are disabled and entitled to request assistance in voting and persons who are age 65 and older to the list of persons eligible to vote absentee. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/13/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 091192784
01/13/2009Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/15/2009Assigned P & E sub: Elections
01/19/2009Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/10/2009Left in Privileges and Elections


PLMurphy writes:

Sorry to be do dense, but for Election 2009 anyone who was breathing could use an absentee ballot. Why is this bill necessary?

Why not just have open polls for 3 months so people can vote when they feel like it? No registration or proof of identity. Vote at your local ATM, tattoo parlor, convenience store or DMV office. Why waste valuable school instruction time by closing schools?

Waldo Jaquith writes:

State law only permits absentee voting under very narrow circumstances. Though some localities interpreted the law broadly, others did so narrowly, and the result was unequal access to voting. I would have loved to vote absentee, but there was no reading of the law under which it would be legal.

I agree with you about the importance of increasing access to voting, and while three months is a bit longer than perhaps I'd care for, it would be great to see us start down that path of extending the window for voting.