Absentee voting; no-excuse absentee. (SB1026)

Introduced By

Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)

Progress

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

Description

Absentee voting; no-excuse absentee. Permits 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 under which a person may be entitled to vote by absentee ballot and removes references to those reasons from other sections of the Code. Amends § 24.2-1004, § 24.2-416.1, § 24.2-452, § 24.2-612, § 24.2-700, § 24.2-701, § 24.2-702.1, § 24.2-703.1, § 24.2-703.2, § 24.2-706, § 24.2-709, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Status

10/17/2018: Awaiting a Vote in the Privileges and Elections Committee

History

DateAction
10/17/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19100137D
10/17/2018Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB1035 and HB1641.

Comments

Deborah Hawkins writes:

I see no reason why absentee voting should have restrictions. It is all of our best interests to have as many eligible voters vote as possible. This should just be considered early voting. Given available parking, voting machines, voting day workers and other issues, the more people who vote early the better. We need to move to online voting, but given the lack of and expense now for upgraded technology, this is one easy step to improving voter turnout. You could ask for volunteers or even pay day workers to help in registrars' offices on early voting days, just like on voting days now. We could make this happen! I support this bill. Voter in Chesterfield county.

David Pratt writes:

I absolutely support no excuse absentee voting. Requiring an excuse is meant to suppress voting and removing this hurdle will only expand the vote.

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