Absentee ballot; procedures for return of envelope. (HB838)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna) with support from co-patron Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elections; absentee ballot procedures. Provides that an absentee ballot will not be voided solely because the envelope containing the ballot was imperfectly sealed so long as the outside envelope containing the ballot and its envelope has been sealed and there is evidence that a good faith effort has been made to seal the ballot envelope. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102623D
01/08/2014Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/10/2014Assigned P & E sub: Elections Subcommittee
01/16/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB838)
01/16/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
01/17/2014Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendment (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/20/2014Read first time
01/21/2014Read second time
01/21/2014Committee amendment agreed to
01/21/2014Engrossed by House as amended HB838E
01/21/2014Printed as engrossed 14102623D-E
01/22/2014Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
01/22/2014VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB838)
01/23/2014Constitutional reading dispensed
01/23/2014Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/27/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB838E)
02/18/2014Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendment (15-Y 0-N)
02/20/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/21/2014Read third time
02/21/2014Reading of amendment waived
02/21/2014Committee amendment agreed to
02/21/2014Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/21/2014Passed Senate with amendment (38-Y 2-N)
02/24/2014Placed on Calendar
02/25/2014Senate amendment agreed to by House (98-Y 0-N)
02/25/2014VOTE: ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2014Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB838ER)
02/27/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB838ER)
02/27/2014Signed by Speaker
03/01/2014Signed by President
04/04/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 580 (effective 7/1/14)
04/04/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0580)


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 2 minutes.


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.