Absentee voting; persons age 65 or older on day of an election are entitled to vote absentee ballot. (SB16)

Introduced By

Sen. John Miller (D-Newport News) with support from co-patrons Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria), Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington), and Sen. Jeff McWaters (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elections; absentee voting. Provides that persons age 65 or older on the day of an election for which an absentee ballot is requested are entitled to vote absentee. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/05/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100261D
12/05/2013Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/14/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB16)
01/14/2014Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (10-Y 4-N)
01/14/2014Committee substitute printed 14103997D-S1
01/15/2014Incorporates SB140
01/15/2014Incorporates SB129
01/15/2014Incorporates SB182
01/16/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
01/17/2014Read second time
01/17/2014Reading of substitute waived
01/17/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14103997D-S1
01/17/2014Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB16S1
01/20/2014Read third time and passed Senate (28-Y 10-N)
01/23/2014Placed on Calendar
01/23/2014Read first time
01/23/2014Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/23/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB16)
01/27/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB16S1)
02/06/2014Assigned P & E sub: Elections
02/20/2014Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
03/04/2014Left in Privileges and Elections

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB129, SB182 and HB802.


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

The ACLU of Virginia supports legislation that expands the opportunity to vote by absentee ballot, however requiring voters to disclose sensitive or confidential information on an absentee ballot application imposes significant concerns about the privacy rights of voters. No-excuse absentee voting should be available to all qualified voters through the mail and by in-person methods.