Absentee voting and procedures; secure return of voted absentee military-overseas ballots. (SB11)

Introduced By

Sen. Toddy Puller (D-Mount Vernon) with support from co-patron Sen. Jeff McWaters (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Absentee voting and procedures; secure return of voted military-overseas ballots. Requires the State Board of Elections to provide instructions, procedures, and services to enable uniformed-service voters outside of the United States to return voted military-overseas ballots securely by electronic mail or fax. The bill requires the State Board to develop and annually update security measures to ensure the accuracy and integrity of such votes and requires the Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth to approve the measures. The State Board is directed to convene a working group for the initial development of the security measures. Additionally, the State Board is directed to work with the U.S. Department of Defense to use smart cards issued to active-duty military personnel to authenticate and enable the return of such military-overseas ballots. The bill is a recommendation of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science. Amends § 24.2-706, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


  • 12/04/2013 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100188D
  • 12/04/2013 Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
  • 01/10/2014 Assigned to P&E sub: Campaigns and Elections
  • 01/21/2014 Impact statement from DPB (SB11)
  • 01/21/2014 Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (13-Y 0-N)
  • 01/21/2014 Committee substitute printed 14104034D-S1
  • 01/22/2014 Incorporates SB181
  • 01/23/2014 Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N)
  • 01/23/2014 Impact statement from DPB (SB11)
  • 01/24/2014 Read second time
  • 01/24/2014 Reading of substitute waived
  • 01/24/2014 Committee substitute agreed to 14104034D-S1
  • 01/24/2014 Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB11S1
  • 01/27/2014 Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
  • 01/31/2014 Placed on Calendar
  • 01/31/2014 Read first time
  • 01/31/2014 Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
  • 02/06/2014 Assigned P & E sub: Elections
  • 02/20/2014 Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
  • 02/21/2014 Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/21/2014 Committee substitute printed 14105082D-H1
  • 02/24/2014 Read second time
  • 02/24/2014 Impact statement from DPB (SB11H1)
  • 02/25/2014 Read third time
  • 02/25/2014 Committee substitute agreed to 14105082D-H1
  • 02/25/2014 Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB11H1
  • 02/25/2014 Passed House with substitute (95-Y 3-N)
  • 02/25/2014 VOTE: PASSAGE (95-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/27/2014 House substitute agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
  • 02/27/2014 Reconsideration of House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
  • 02/27/2014 Passed by for the day
  • 02/28/2014 House substitute rejected by Senate (1-Y 39-N)
  • 03/03/2014 House insisted on substitute
  • 03/03/2014 House requested conference committee
  • 03/04/2014 Senate acceded to request (40-Y 0-N)
  • 03/04/2014 Conferees appointed by Senate
  • 03/04/2014 Senators: Puller, Martin, Petersen
  • 03/05/2014 Conferees appointed by House
  • 03/05/2014 Delegates: Rust, Jones, Howell, A.T.
  • 03/07/2014 C Amended by conference committee
  • 03/07/2014 Conference report agreed to by House (97-Y 1-N)
  • 03/07/2014 VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
  • 03/08/2014 Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
  • 03/17/2014 Enrolled
  • 03/17/2014 Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB11ER)
  • 03/17/2014 Signed by President
  • 03/18/2014 Impact statement from DPB (SB11ER)
  • 03/18/2014 Signed by Speaker
  • 04/04/2014 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 604 (effective - see bill)
  • 04/04/2014 G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0604)


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 3 minutes.


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

The ACLU of Virginia supports legislation that expands opportunities for voters located overseas to efficiently and securely exercise their right to vote and to have those ballots counted.