Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act; secure return of voted military-overseas ballots. (SB559)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patron Sen. John Bell (D-Chantilly)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act; secure return of voted military-overseas ballots by electronic means; pilot program. Requires the State Board of Elections to establish and supervise a pilot program for the secure return of voted military-overseas ballots by electronic means from those uniformed-service voters who are members (i) of the active or reserve components of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard of the United States who are on active duty or (ii) of the National Guard on activated status and who are deployed outside of the United States. Under the pilot program, those uniformed-service voters shall be permitted to sign the military-overseas ballot application, the statement of voter accompanying the military-overseas ballot, and any other related documents deemed necessary by the State Board to ensure authentication of the voter's identification using his digital signature associated with his military-issued electronic mail account. The State Board is directed to request proposals for the development and maintenance of the system used for the pilot program and to provide instructions, procedures, services, and ongoing security assessments for the entity selected to develop and maintain the system. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act. The bill has an expiration date of July 1, 2020. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18100152D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/30/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB559)
01/30/2018Reported from Privileges and Elections (11-Y 1-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/30/2018Rereferred to Finance
02/07/2018Reported from Finance (14-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2018Read second time and engrossed
02/12/2018Passed by temporarily
02/12/2018Read third time and passed Senate (30-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2018Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2018Passed Senate (31-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2018Placed on Calendar
02/15/2018Read first time
02/15/2018Referred to Committee on Appropriations
03/02/2018Assigned App. sub: General Government & Capital Outlay
03/02/2018Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (8-Y 0-N)
03/06/2018Left in Appropriations