Elections; assistance for qualified voter who is 75 years of age or older or person with disability. (SB853)

Introduced By

Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) with support from co-patron Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville)


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 »


Bill Has Failed


01/06/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15103133D
01/06/2015Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/14/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB853)
01/22/2015Assigned to P&E sub: Elections
02/03/2015Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2015Committee substitute printed 15103705D-S1
02/04/2015Incorporates SB1073
02/04/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB853S1)
02/05/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2015Passed by for the day
02/09/2015Read second time
02/09/2015Reading of substitute waived
02/09/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15103705D-S1
02/09/2015Amendment by Senator Favola agreed to
02/09/2015Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment SB853ES1
02/09/2015Printed as engrossed 15103705D-ES1
02/09/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2015Passed Senate (36-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2015Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2015Passed Senate (35-Y 2-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/10/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB853ES1)
02/11/2015Placed on Calendar
02/11/2015Read first time
02/11/2015Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/11/2015Assigned 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, 2 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.


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

The ACLU of Virginia is monitoring this legislation.