Absentee ballots; electronic transmission by general registrars. (HB456)

Introduced By

Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean) with support from co-patron Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Absentee ballots; electronic transmission by general registrars. Provides that when a voter who is eligible to request to receive certain absentee voting materials, including the absentee ballot, by electronic transmission so requests, the email address or fax number used by the general registrars to send such materials shall be the official email address or fax number of the office of the general registrar. The bill does not provide for the return by electronic means of a voted absentee ballot. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101435D
01/08/2016Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/14/2016Assigned to sub: Subcommittee Elections
01/14/2016Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee Elections
01/14/2016Assigned P & E sub:
01/14/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB456)
01/27/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
01/29/2016Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendment (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2016Read first time
02/02/2016Read second time
02/02/2016Committee amendment agreed to
02/02/2016Engrossed by House as amended HB456E
02/02/2016Printed as engrossed 16101435D-E
02/02/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB456E)
02/03/2016Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/03/2016VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2016Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/2016Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/09/2016Reported from Privileges and Elections (9-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2016Read third time
02/12/2016Passed Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB456ER)
02/16/2016Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB456ER)
02/16/2016Signed by Speaker
02/16/2016Signed by President
02/17/2016Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/17/16
02/17/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Wednesday, February 24, 2016
02/24/2016G Approved by Governor-Chapter 16 (effective 7/1/16)
02/24/2016G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0016)
03/08/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB456ER)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB235 and SB137.


Waldo Jaquith writes:

I support this in principle, but I've got to point out that the state of the official email addresses for registrars is grim. Here's a list of every registrar in Virginia and their email address. Note there are a lot of addresses like govote113@verizon.net (Madison County) and govote720@yahoo.com (Norton City). These are not reliable addresses. There's not even an official record of registrar email addresses. The SBE struggles to keep up.

Basically, this bill assumes the existence of infrastructure that just doesn't exist.

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

The ACLU of Virginia is monitoring this bill.