Absentee ballots; increase deadline to make available from 45 to 50 days prior to November election. (SB482)

Introduced By

Sen. Robert Hurt (R-Chatham) with support from co-patrons Sen. Steve Martin (R-Chesterfield), and Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)


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 »


02/09/2010: Merged into SB55


01/13/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10103634D
01/13/2010Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/26/2010Assigned to P&E sub: Campaigns and Elections
02/08/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB482)
02/09/2010Incorporated by Privileges and Elections (SB55-Martin) (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1235.