Absentee voting; qualified voters may vote absentee for any reason, special provisions. (HB1401)

Introduced By

Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elections; absentee voting.  Provides that qualified voters may vote absentee for any reason. The bill eliminates the present statutory list of specific reasons entitling a voter to cast an absentee ballot. Several special provisions concerning military and overseas absentee voters and disabled voters are consolidated in two new provisions. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


08/03/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11100086D
08/03/2010Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/13/2011Assigned P & E sub: #2 Elections
01/18/2011Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/08/2011Left in Privileges and Elections


Shawn O'Donnell writes:

Opening up the electoral process to allow more people to vote is always a good thing.

Bearing Drift, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Bearing Drift opposes this bill as the current absentee provisions are more than sufficient to cover the majority of reasons a person must vote absentee.

Perry Keeton writes:

Absentee voting without legitimate reason lends itself to fraud, as does early voting.

Isaac Adams writes:

I concur with Mr. O'Donnell. Early voting has not been shown to significantly increase fraud. Having had legitimate reasons to be absent on election day before that did not fit within the absentee provisions currently established, I wholeheartedly support this bill.