Elections; assistance for certain voters. (SB1073)

Introduced By

Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville) with support from co-patron Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elections; assistance for certain voters. Allows any qualified voter who is 75 years of age or older or a person with a disability to request to go to the front of the line and to vote at the next available voting booth or voting system. The bill requires the chief officer of election or other designated election official to grant any such request made between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. This provision applies also to central absentee voting precincts and locations in the county or city approved by the electoral board for the purpose of casting absentee ballots. A qualified voter who is 65 years of age or older or a person with a disability is still permitted to vote outside the polling place pursuant to 24.2-649. Read the Bill »


02/03/2015: Merged into SB853


01/13/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100741D
01/13/2015Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/15/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1073)
01/22/2015Assigned to P&E sub: Elections
02/03/2015Incorporated by Privileges and Elections (SB853-Favola) (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1327.


Carol Lindstrom writes:

I'm not at all sure that this will not do more harm than good. For working people, trying to vote on lunch time, having someone or several someones bump you in line is likely to create so problems. It would make far more sense to me to have absentee ballots without excuse. This would work for the benefit for all ages.
As a small business owner who often has to close the doors of the business long enough to go vote, anything that delays that process is a potential loss of revenue.
Better yet, just do early voting - period. Make it easier for everyone.

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

The ACLU of Virginia is monitoring this legislation.