Absentee ballots; procedure for various deadlines and ballot requirements. (SB55)

Introduced By

Sen. Steve Martin (R-Chesterfield) with support from co-patrons Del. Rich Anderson (R-Woodbridge), Sen. Robert Hurt (R-Chatham), and Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Federal write-in absentee ballots; use in state and local elections.  Provides that voters who are entitled to vote absentee due to active duty military service, membership in the merchant marines, or temporary residence outside of the country, or the spouse or dependent residing with such a voter, may use the federal write-in absentee ballot to vote in state and local elections, as well as federal elections. The federal write-in absentee ballot may also serve as an absentee ballot application and voter registration application for state and local elections, as well as federal elections. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/04/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10100889D
01/04/2010Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/13/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB55)
01/26/2010Assigned to P&E sub: Campaigns and Elections
02/09/2010Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2010Committee substitute printed 10105235D-S1
02/11/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB55S1)
02/12/2010Read second time
02/12/2010Reading of substitute waived
02/12/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10105235D-S1
02/12/2010Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB55S1
02/15/2010Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2010Placed on Calendar
02/17/2010Read first time
02/17/2010Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/19/2010Assigned P & E sub: #2 Elections
03/02/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
03/05/2010Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2010Committee substitute printed 10105663D-H1
03/08/2010Read second time
03/09/2010Read third time
03/09/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10105663D-H1
03/09/2010Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB55H1
03/09/2010Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
03/09/2010VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2010House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2010Title replaced 10105663D-H1
03/22/2010Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB55ER)
03/22/2010Signed by Speaker
03/25/2010Signed by President
04/07/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB55ER)
04/11/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 449 (effective 7/1/10)
04/11/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0449)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 4 minutes.