Absentee ballots; procedure for various deadlines and ballot requirements. (HB1235)

Introduced By

Del. Rich Anderson (R-Woodbridge) with support from 9 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield), Del. Clay Athey (R-Front Royal), Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville), Del. Anne Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville), Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock), Del. Tag Greason (R-Potomac Falls), Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville), Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Woodbridge), Del. Tom Rust (R-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Deadline for making absentee ballots available; military voters.  Increases the deadline for each electoral board to make absentee ballots available from 45 to 50 days prior to any November general election or special election held at the same time, and from 30 to 35 days prior to any other general, special, or primary election. Each electoral board must report to the State Board of Elections whether it has complied with these deadlines no later than five days after absentee ballots are made available. The bill also provides that making absentee ballots available includes mailing the ballot or electronic transmission of the ballot to an absentee voter who is eligible for an absentee ballot due to active duty military service, membership in the merchant marines, or temporary residence outside of the country, or to the spouse or dependent residing with such a voter, and that absentee ballots shall be provided to such voters within three business days upon receiving the voters application. The bill further provides that absentee ballots cast by such voters will still be counted even if received after the close of the polls on election day if the ballot was received before the State Board meets to ascertain the results of the election. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/15/2010Presented and ordered printed 10103637D
01/15/2010Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/21/2010Assigned P & E sub: #3 Campaign Finance
02/08/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB1235)
02/10/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 0-N)
02/12/2010Continued to 2011 in Privileges and Elections
02/12/2010Reconsidered by Privileges and Elections
02/12/2010Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2010Committee substitute printed 10105382D-H1
02/14/2010Read first time
02/15/2010Read second time
02/15/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10105382D-H1
02/15/2010Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1235H1
02/16/2010Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/16/2010VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB1235H1)
02/17/2010Constitutional reading dispensed
02/17/2010Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/23/2010Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2010Committee substitute printed 10105581D-S1
02/25/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2010Read third time
02/26/2010Passed by for the day
03/01/2010Passed by for the day
03/02/2010Read third time
03/02/2010Floor substitute printed 10105782D-S2 (Martin)
03/02/2010Passed by for the day
03/03/2010Read third time
03/03/2010Committee substitute rejected 10105581D-S1
03/03/2010Reading of substitute waived
03/03/2010Substitute by Senator Martin agreed to 10105782D-S2
03/03/2010Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1235S2
03/03/2010Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2010Placed on Calendar
03/05/2010Senate substitute agreed to by House 10105782D-S2 (99-Y 0-N)
03/05/2010VOTE: --- ADOPTION (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB1235S2)
03/12/2010Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1235ER)
03/12/2010Signed by Speaker
03/13/2010Signed by President
03/16/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB1235ER)
04/11/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 645 (effective 7/1/10)
04/11/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0645)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 4 clips in all, totaling 4 minutes.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB482.