Military-overseas ballots; electronic return of voter ballots, report. (SJ291)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patron Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Study; Secretary of Administration; State Board of Elections; electronic return of voted military-overseas ballots; pilot program; report. Requests the Secretary of Administration to oversee and develop a charter and directives for the State Board of Elections to form a working group to study implementation of electronic return of voted military-overseas ballots. In conducting its study, the State Board of Elections with the working group shall study and develop initial instructions and procedures which (i) consider issues related to accessibility, auditability, authentication, verification, and security through encryption, in order to ensure that any process implemented would guarantee the accuracy and integrity of voted military-overseas ballots, and (ii) recommend (a) security measures necessary to reasonably secure the transmission, processing, and storage of voter data from interception and unauthorized access, (b) methods for verifying and authenticating the identity of the voter electronically when registering to vote and when requesting a ballot from and returning a ballot to the voter's jurisdiction, (c) methods for the encryption of voted ballots, and (d) a procedure for security reviews after an election. The study shall focus on implementation of electronic return of voted military-overseas ballots first as a limited pilot program in 2020, and later on a statewide basis. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19104220D
01/08/2019Referred to Committee on Rules
02/01/2019Passed by indefinitely in Rules

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