Absentee ballots; requirements of voter. (HB670)

Introduced By

Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Del. Luke Torian (D-Woodbridge)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elections; absentee ballots; name and signature requirements. Provides that a voter's failure to provide his full middle name or his middle initial in the statement on the back of the return envelope shall not render that absentee ballot void or provide officers of election with a basis for rejection, unless the voter also failed to provide his full first name. The bill also provides that a signature that is reasonably similar to the voter's legal name is sufficient for purposes of casting an absentee ballot. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102602D
01/07/2014Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/10/2014Assigned P & E sub: Elections Subcommittee
01/23/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB670)
01/30/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
01/31/2014Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendments (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2014Read first time
02/04/2014Read second time
02/04/2014Committee amendments agreed to
02/04/2014Engrossed by House as amended HB670E
02/04/2014Printed as engrossed 14102602D-E
02/05/2014Read third time and passed House (84-Y 11-N)
02/05/2014VOTE: PASSAGE (84-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB670E)
02/06/2014Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2014Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/25/2014Reported from Privileges and Elections (15-Y 0-N)
02/27/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/28/2014Read third time
02/28/2014Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/05/2014Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB670ER)
03/05/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB670ER)
03/05/2014Signed by Speaker
03/08/2014Signed by President
04/04/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 575 (effective 7/1/14)
04/04/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0575)


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 45 seconds.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB333.


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

The ACLU of Virginia supports legislation that helps to ensure that every vote is counted and not disqualified for minor omissions or discrepancies.