Absentee ballots; requirements of voter. (SB333)

Introduced By

Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)


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


01/06/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102068D
01/06/2014Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/21/2014Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendment (13-Y 1-N)
01/23/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N)
01/23/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB333)
01/24/2014Engrossed by Senate as amended SB353E
01/24/2014Read second time
01/24/2014Reading of amendment waived
01/24/2014Committee amendment agreed to
01/24/2014Engrossed by Senate as amended SB333E
01/24/2014Printed as engrossed 14102068D-E
01/27/2014Read third time and passed Senate (37-Y 2-N)
01/27/2014Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
01/27/2014Passed Senate (37-Y 1-N)
01/30/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB333E)
01/31/2014Placed on Calendar
01/31/2014Read first time
01/31/2014Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/06/2014Assigned P & E sub: Elections
02/20/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
02/21/2014Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (20-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2014Committee substitute printed 14105192D-H1
02/24/2014Read second time
02/24/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB333H1)
02/25/2014Read third time
02/25/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14105192D-H1
02/25/2014Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB333H1
02/25/2014Passed House with substitute (87-Y 7-N)
02/25/2014VOTE: PASSAGE (87-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2014Reconsideration of House passage agreed to by House
02/25/2014Passed House with substitute (85-Y 12-N)
02/25/2014VOTE: PASSAGE #2 (85-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2014House substitute agreed to by Senate (39-Y 1-N)
02/27/2014Title replaced 14105192D-H1
03/03/2014Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB333ER)
03/03/2014Signed by Speaker
03/05/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB333ER)
03/06/2014Signed by President
03/31/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 453 (effective 7/1/14)
03/31/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0453)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB670.


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.