Absentee voting; persons eligible to vote absentee in person. (SB677)

Introduced By

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston) with support from co-patron Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Elections; absentee voting; no-excuse, in-person. Allows qualified voters to vote absentee in person without providing an excuse for not being able to vote in person on election day. The bill retains the statutory list of specific reasons allowing a voter to cast an absentee ballot by mail. Amends § 24.2-700, § 24.2-701, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
09/03/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100241D
09/03/2014Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/20/2015Impact statement from DHCD (SB0677)
01/20/2015Assigned to P&E sub: Elections
01/22/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB677)
02/03/2015Committee substitute printed to Web only 15103650D-S1
02/03/2015Failed to report (defeated) in Privileges and Elections (7-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2015Incorporates SB954
02/04/2015Incorporates SB954

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1394, HB1992 and SB954.

Comments

Carol Lindstrom writes:

Fair and equal for all.

ACLU of Virginia writes:

The ACLU of Virginia supports legislation that expands the opportunity to vote by absentee ballot without having to provide a reason or excuse; however this bill only applies to in-person absentee ballot voters. There are too many Virginia voters who do not have access to in-person absentee voting locations because of disabilities, lack of transportation, or work schedules that conflict with in-person absentee voting hours. No-excuse absentee voting should be available to all qualified voters through the mail and by in-person methods.

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

The ACLU of Virginia strongly supports legislation that expands the opportunity to vote by absentee ballot without having to provide a reason or excuse; however this bill only applies to in-person absentee ballot voters. There are too many Virginia voters who do not have access to in-person absentee voting sites because of disabilities, lack of transportation, or work schedules that conflict with in-person absentee voting hours. Additionally, voters should not have to provide statutory permitted reason or excuse to vote by absentee ballot because disclosure of confidential or sensitive information raises privacy concerns. No-excuse absentee voting should be available to all qualified voters through the mail and by in-person methods.

ACLU-VA Legislative Agenda, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia strongly supports legislation that expands the opportunity to vote by absentee ballot without having to provide a reason or excuse; however this bill only applies to in-person absentee ballot voters. There are too many Virginia voters who do not have access to in-person absentee voting sites because of disabilities, lack of transportation, or work schedules that conflict with in-person absentee voting hours. Additionally, voters should not have to provide statutory permitted reason or excuse to vote by absentee ballot because disclosure of confidential or sensitive information raises privacy concerns. No-excuse absentee voting should be available to all qualified voters through the mail and by in-person methods.