Absentee voting and procedures; secure return of voted military-overseas ballots. (SB181)

Introduced By

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. Read the Bill »


01/21/2014: Merged into SB11


01/02/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102039D
01/02/2014Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/10/2014Assigned to P&E sub: Campaigns and Elections
01/21/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB181)
01/21/2014Incorporated by Privileges and Elections (SB11-Puller) (12-Y 0-N)
01/23/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB181)


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.