Absentee voting; return of unused and defaced absentee ballots. (HB1197)

Introduced By

Del. Bob Brink (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elections; absentee voting; return of unused and defaced absentee ballots. Provides that a voter who returns his unused or defaced absentee ballot in accordance with law shall be entitled to cast his vote in person on election day. Currently, such a voter is required to cast a provisional ballot. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/16/2014Presented and ordered printed 14103505D
01/16/2014Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/22/2014Assigned P & E sub: Elections
01/29/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB1197)
01/30/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
01/31/2014Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2014Committee substitute printed 14104626D-H1
02/03/2014Read first time
02/03/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB1197H1)
02/04/2014Read second time
02/04/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104626D-H1
02/04/2014Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1197H1
02/05/2014Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (95-Y 0-N)
02/05/2014VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (95-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2014Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2014Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/18/2014Reported from Privileges and Elections (15-Y 0-N)
02/20/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/21/2014Read third time
02/21/2014Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/25/2014Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1197ER)
02/25/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB1197ER)
02/25/2014Signed by Speaker
02/27/2014Signed by President
04/04/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 600 (effective 7/1/14)
04/04/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0600)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 1 minute.


ACLU-VA Voting Rights, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia supports legislation that expands opportunities for individuals to vote and to have that ballot counted.