Absentee voting; no excuse. (HB1072)

Introduced By

Del. Steve Heretick (D-Portsmouth) with support from 14 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Kelly Fowler (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Jay Jones (D-Norfolk), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria), Del. Mike Mullin (D-Newport News), Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. David Reid (D-Loudoun), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale), Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon)

Progress

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

Description

Absentee voting; no excuse. Allows for any registered voter to vote by absentee ballot in any election in which he is qualified to vote. The bill removes the current list of statutory reasons for which a person may be entitled to vote by absentee ballot and consolidates multiple sections relating to absentee voting by uniformed and overseas voters into one section and multiple sections related to absentee voting by persons with a disability into one section. Amends § 24.2-1004, § 24.2-101, § 24.2-452, § 24.2-612, § 24.2-700, § 24.2-701, § 24.2-706, § 24.2-707, § 24.2-709, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/10/2018Committee
01/10/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18103012D
01/10/2018Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/22/2018Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #1
01/24/2018Impact statement from DHCD/CLG (HB1072)
01/29/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB1072)
01/30/2018Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (4-Y 2-N)
02/13/2018Left in Privileges and Elections

Comments

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

The ACLU of Virginia strongly supports this bill that assures that all voters can vote absentee by mail or in person without having to give the government an excuse. Find out more about how you can join ACLU's PeoplePower and advocate for this legislation at peoplepower.org and download the voting rights advocacy toolkit here, https://acluva.org/en/publications/advocacy-toolkit-voting-rights