Absentee voting; certain information not required when completing application in person. (HB397)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Absentee voting; certain information not required when completing application in person. Provides that a person completing an application for an absentee ballot in person is not required to provide the last four digits of his social security number on the application. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/05/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101830D
01/05/2018Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/22/2018Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #1
01/22/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB397)
01/23/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 0-N)
01/26/2018Reported from Privileges and Elections (16-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2018Read first time
01/31/2018Read second time and engrossed
02/01/2018Read third time and passed House (74-Y 23-N)
02/01/2018VOTE: PASSAGE (74-Y 23-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2018Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
02/01/2018Passed House (73-Y 25-N)
02/01/2018VOTE: PASSAGE #2 (73-Y 25-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/02/2018Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/20/2018Reported from Privileges and Elections (10-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2018Passed by for the day
02/26/2018Read third time
02/26/2018Passed Senate (24-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2018Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB397ER)
02/28/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB397ER)
02/28/2018Signed by Speaker
03/03/2018Signed by President
03/06/2018Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 6, 2018
03/06/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
03/30/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 595 (effective 7/1/18)
03/30/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0595)


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

The ACLU of Virginia cannot support legislation that seeks to add new classes of privileged voters to our excused-based absentee voting system or that continues to make it easier for some voters but not others to vote on a day other than election day. The ACLU of Virginia supports legislation that will allow every voter to choose to vote absentee in person or by mail without having to offer an excuse. This bill preserves the excuse based system for mailed absentee ballots but eliminates it for those who can present themselves in person at the registrar's office. This makes it easier for those with cars, who live in urban areas with rapid transit, and those who live close to government offices to vote during the day on weekdays or on weekends but retains the system that requires an excuse and creates privacy issues for those who must or want to vote by mail.

Sue Mosher writes:

This bill would make it slightly easier to vote absentee in person, saving time for both voters and registrars.