Federal write-in absentee ballots; witness requirement. (SB993)

Introduced By

Sen. John Miller (D-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Federal write-in absentee ballots; witness requirement. Removes the requirement that a federal write-in absentee ballot will only be considered valid for purposes of simultaneously satisfying both an absentee ballot application and a completed absentee ballot for federal offices if the envelope contains the signature of a witness and his printed name and address. The bill provides that the envelope need only contain the signature of the witness in order for the ballot to be considered valid. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 094474808
01/12/2009Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/20/2009Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (13-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/21/2009Committee substitute printed 095602275-S1
01/22/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2009Read second time
01/23/2009Reading of substitute waived
01/23/2009Committee substitute agreed to 095602275-S1
01/23/2009Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB993S1
01/26/2009Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2009Placed on Calendar
02/05/2009Read first time
02/05/2009Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/09/2009Assigned P & E sub: Elections
02/17/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s)
02/20/2009Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2009Read second time
02/24/2009Read third time
02/24/2009Committee amendments agreed to
02/24/2009Engrossed by House as amended
02/24/2009Passed House with amendments BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/24/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2009House amendments rejected by Senate (5-Y 33-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2009House insisted on amendments
02/26/2009House requested conference committee
02/26/2009Senate acceded to request (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2009Conferees appointed by House
02/26/2009Delegates: Janis, Cosgrove, Alexander
02/26/2009Conferees appointed by Senate
02/26/2009Senators: J.C. Miller, Barker, Martin
02/27/2009Conference report agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2009Conference report agreed to by House (97-Y 0-N)
02/27/2009VOTE: --- ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2009Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB993ER)
03/09/2009Signed by President
03/11/2009Signed by Speaker
03/27/2009G Approved by Governor-Chapter 310 (effective 7/1/09)
03/27/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0310)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB826, HB1712 and SB948.