Absentee voting; no-excuse, in-person. (SB106)

Introduced By

Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg) with support from 11 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath), Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke), Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington), Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston), Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton), Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth), Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke), Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield), Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon), Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg)

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. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
12/28/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101476D
12/28/2015Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/18/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB106)
01/26/2016Reported from Privileges and Elections (7-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2016Read second time and engrossed
02/01/2016Read third time and defeated by Senate (19-Y 21-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2016Reconsideration of defeated action agreed to by Senate (36-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2016Passed Senate (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2016Placed on Calendar
02/03/2016Read first time
02/03/2016Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/08/2016Assigned P & E sub: Elections
02/16/2016Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
03/08/2016Left in Privileges and Elections

Video

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.

Transcript

This is a transcript of the video clips in which this bill is discussed.

PROVIDING A STATUTORY REASON. SENATOR DANCE I MOVE THAT THE BILL PASS. SPEAKING TO THE BILL THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR SENATE BILL 106 WOULD ALLOW QUALIFIED VOTERS TO VOTE ABSENTEE IN PERSON WITHOUT PROVIDING AN EXCUSE OF NOT BEING ABLE TO VOTE IN PERSON ON ELECTION DAY. IT RETAINS THE STATUTORY LIST OF SPECIFIC REASONS ALLOWING A VOTER TO CAST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT BY MAIL. IT IS AS SECURE AS IN-PERSON VOTING AND ELECTION DAY BECAUSE THE I.D. REQUIREMENTS ALLOWS REGISTRARS TO OBSERVE THE PROCESS IN A MANNER SIMILAR TO ELECTION DAY. THIS DOES NOT ALLOW NO EXCUSE ABSENTEE VOTING BY MAIL. I ASK THE BILL QUESTION

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THE QUESTION IS SHALL SENATE BILL 106 PASS. ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WILLS AYE, THOSE OPPOSED NO. ARE THE SENATORS READY TO VOTE? HAVE ALL THE SENATORS VOTED? DO ANY SENATORS DESIRE TO CH ANGE THEIR VOTE? THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.

[Unknown]: AYES 19, NOS 21 AYES 19, NOS 21.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB418.