Absentee ballots; eligibility of persons age 65 or older. (SB1567)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Peake (R-Lynchburg)

Progress

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

Description

Absentee voting; eligibility of persons age 65 or older; photo identification requirement for certain absentee voters. Entitles a person who will be age 65 or older on the date of the election for which an absentee ballot is requested to vote absentee. Such person is required to submit with his application for an absentee ballot a copy of one of the forms of photo identification required for in-person voting. Students attending a school or institution of learning who are entitled to vote absentee are also required to submit with their application a copy of one of the forms of photo identification required for in-person voting. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/20/2017Presented and ordered printed 17103156D
01/20/2017Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/25/2017Impact statement from DPB (SB1567)
01/31/2017Failed to report (defeated) in Privileges and Elections (7-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)

Comments

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

The ACLU strongly supports legislation that allows all Virginia voters to vote by absentee ballot either by mail or in-person without providing a reason. The ACLU of Virginia continues to be concerned about the effects and limitations of the current excuse-based system and encourages legislators to enact a truly equal “no-excuse” absentee voting law that is available in-person and by mail for all Virginia voters. If Virginia law limits no-excuse absentee voting to in-person only, qualified voters may be excluded from participating based upon a lack of readily accessible transportation, geography, income status, and the constraints of modern-day individuals and families. The “excuse-based” absentee voting law also continues to present concerns that certain classes of voters are being elevated. The excused-based system also continues to threaten the privacy of voters who vote by absentee ballot. The law currently requires voters to disclose private and sensitive information in order to vote by absentee ballot. And, this information is being required by a law that provides no assurance that the information will be held confidential and secure, or that it will be available to defend against allegations of absentee ballot fraud, which is a class 4 felony for which there is no statute of limitations. We strongly advocate that all voters should be permitted to vote by absentee ballot.