Absentee ballot applications; unlawful to solicit in person from individuals in any hospital, etc. (HB61)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elections; solicitation of absentee ballot applications or ballots. Makes it unlawful for anyone to solicit, in person, absentee ballot applications or ballots from individuals in any hospital, nursing home, or assisted living facility. The prohibition does not apply to family members or to general or assistant registrars, electoral board members, or their staffs. A violation of the section is a Class 1 misdemeanor under 24.2-1017. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


  • 12/19/2011 Committee
  • 12/19/2011 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12101231D
  • 12/19/2011 Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
  • 01/12/2012 Assigned P & E sub: Elections Subcommittee
  • 01/17/2012 Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
  • 01/18/2012 Impact statement from DPB (HB61)
  • 02/14/2012 Left in Privileges and Elections


Vickie R. Williams writes:

Why is this bill being introduced. What purpose would it serve? What is the point of it?

Frank minor writes:

This will assure residents will vote for who they choose instead of a polotician ,all of a sudden interested in enrolling them to get their vote.It should be part of the admission process to enroll residents to vote and other personel other than their family could be given the right to assist the resident to vote ,under special circumstances,with the family conscent,if the resident is of sound mind.All residents who are ambulatory should be given the opportunity to vote and transportation provided by the facility.

Julie Blust writes:

Virginia Organizing opposes any legislation that makes it more difficult for Virginians to vote. The voting rights of seniors and people with disabilities must be protected.