Elections; absentee voting by persons age 65 or older. (SB719)

Introduced By

Sen. Jeff McWaters (R-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elections; absentee voting by persons age 65 or older. Entitles persons age 65 or older on the day of an election for which an absentee ballot is requested to vote absentee. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/08/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100753D
12/08/2014Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/20/2015Assigned to P&E sub: Elections
01/20/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB719)
01/27/2015Committee substitute printed 15104078D-S1
01/27/2015Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (12-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2015Incorporates SB708
01/28/2015Incorporates SB758
01/28/2015Incorporates SB822
01/28/2015Incorporates SB910
01/28/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB719S1)
01/29/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2015Read second time
01/30/2015Reading of substitute waived
01/30/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15104078D-S1
01/30/2015Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB719S1
02/02/2015Read third time and passed Senate (33-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2015Placed on Calendar
02/06/2015Read first time
02/06/2015Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/06/2015Assigned P & E sub: Elections
02/12/2015Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/24/2015Left in Privileges and Elections


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 1 minute.


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

The ACLU of Virginia supports legislation that expands the opportunity to vote by absentee ballot without having to provide a reason or excuse to all voters by in-person and by mail methods. Voters should not have to provide a statutory permitted reason or excuse to justify voting by absentee ballot. Disclosure of voters' confidential or sensitive information on absentee ballot applications raises privacy concerns because the information is not required to be kept secure or confidential. No-excuse absentee voting should be available to all qualified voters through the mail and by in-person methods.