Vote by mail; Department of Elections to develop a pilot program. (HB1658)

Introduced By

Del. Debra Rodman (D-Henrico) with support from co-patron Del. Lee Carter (D-Manassas)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Vote by mail; pilot program. Requires the Department of Elections to develop a pilot program for conducting elections by mail. In a vote-by-mail election, a ballot is mailed to every registered voter, and the ballots are returned by the voters by mailing the ballot to the office of the general registrar, by delivering the ballot in person to the office of the general registrar, or by depositing the ballot at a drop-off location. The bill allows any county or city to apply to participate in the pilot program, subject to approval by the State Board, and requires participating localities to provide a report on the pilot program in its locality to the State Board by December 1 of each year in which it participates. The bill requires the State Board to submit a report to the Governor, the General Assembly, and the House and Senate Committees on Privileges and Elections on the pilot program, including a recommendation as to whether all elections in the Commonwealth should be conducted by mail. The bill has an expiration date of December 31, 2022. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


11/30/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101015D
11/30/2018Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/12/2019Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #1
01/26/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1658)
01/29/2019Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (6-Y 0-N)
02/05/2019Left in Privileges and Elections