Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act; efficiencies reforms. (HB2397)

Introduced By

Del. Scott Taylor (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act; efficiencies reforms. Makes several changes to the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act (UMOVA) and other Code sections relating to absentee voting by those voters covered under UMOVA. The bill requires the Department of Elections to make available at least 100 days prior to a regularly scheduled election information about the election to be used with the federal write-in absentee ballot and to provide a copy of such information to any UMOVA voter who requests it. Currently, this is a local responsibility. The bill also permits localities to use paper ballots for UMOVA voters who are eligible to vote only in federal elections. Localities are also permitted to obtain other evidence of mailing, rather than purchasing a certificate of mailing, when mailing absentee ballots to UMOVA voters. The section providing for an early absentee ballot for statewide offices is repealed, as it was rendered obsolete by 2011 legislation that expanded the use of federal write-in absentee ballots to all elections. This bill also contains technical amendments to reflect the administrative reorganization of the Department of Elections that took effect July 1, 2014. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/30/2015Unanimous consent to introduce
01/30/2015Presented and ordered printed 15103898D
01/30/2015Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/02/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB2397)
02/06/2015Reported from Privileges and Elections (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2015Read first time
02/09/2015Read second time and engrossed
02/10/2015Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/10/2015VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2015Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2015Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/17/2015Reported from Privileges and Elections (14-Y 0-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 (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2015Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2397ER)
02/25/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB2397ER)
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
03/17/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 313 (effective 7/1/15)
03/17/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0313)


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 35 seconds.


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

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