Absentee ballots; photo identification required for submission of application. (HB1318)

Introduced By

Del. Jeff Campbell (R-Marion) with support from co-patron Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Applications for absentee ballots; photo identification required. Requires that any voter submitting his application for an absentee ballot by mail or by electronic or telephonic transmission to a facsimile device shall submit with his application a copy of one of the forms of identification acceptable under current law. Currently, only a voter who completes his application for an absentee ballot in person is required to show a form of identification. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


11/18/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100844D
11/18/2014Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/13/2015Assigned P & E sub: Elections
01/15/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1318)
01/27/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 2-N)
01/30/2015Reported from Privileges and Elections (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2015Read first time
02/03/2015Floor substitute printed 15104728D-H1 (Krupicka)
02/03/2015Floor substitute printed 15104722D-H2 (Krupicka)
02/03/2015Read second time
02/03/2015Speaker ruled substitutes by Delegate Krupicka, 15104728D-H1 and 15104722D-H2
02/03/2015not germane
02/03/2015Engrossed by House
02/04/2015Passed by for the day
02/05/2015Engrossment reconsidered by House
02/05/2015Passed by for the day
02/06/2015Read second time
02/06/2015Amendment by Delegate Campbell agreed to
02/06/2015Engrossed by House as amended HB1318E
02/06/2015Printed as engrossed 15100844D-E
02/06/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1318E)
02/09/2015Read third time and passed House (62-Y 34-N)
02/09/2015VOTE: PASSAGE (62-Y 34-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2015Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/2015Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/17/2015Reported from Privileges and Elections (8-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2015Passed by for the day (0-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2015Read third time
02/20/2015Passed Senate (20-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2015Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1318ER)
02/25/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1318ER)
02/25/2015Signed by Speaker
02/26/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, March 30, 2015
02/26/2015Signed by President
02/26/2015Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/26/15
02/26/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/27/2015G Vetoed by Governor
04/14/2015Placed on Calendar
04/15/2015VOTE: OVERRIDE GOVERNOR'S VETO (65-Y 34-N) (see vote tally)
04/15/2015House sustained Governor's veto (65-Y 34-N)
04/15/2015VOTE: SUSTAIN GOVERNOR'S VETO (65-Y 34-N) (see vote tally)
04/15/2015 Requires 66 affirmative votes to override Governor's veto
04/15/2015Requires 66 affirmative votes to override Governor's veto


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 14 minutes.


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

The ACLU of Virginia opposes any legislation that seeks to erode the right to vote and to have that vote counted. Nothing is more fundamental in our society than the right to vote. Voter ID laws are a misguided step backwards in our democracy. Lawmakers should be seeking ways to increase access to the voting booth, not restrictions. This legislation is likely to harm voters with disabilities that cast absentee ballots by mail. Voters with disabilities disproportionately lack valid photo IDs, and do not have accessible transportation and resources to obtain an ID at general registrars’ offices.