Absentee voting; no excuse required. (HB1)

Introduced By

Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria) with support from 6 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Lee Carter (D-Manassas), Del. Wendy Gooditis (D-Clarke), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Absentee voting; no excuse required. 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. The bill incorporates HB 25, HB 208, and HB 209. Read the Bill »


02/18/2020: passed committee


11/18/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101095D
11/18/2019Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/13/2020Assigned P & E sub: Elections
01/14/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1)
01/21/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (4-Y 2-N)
01/24/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2020Committee substitute printed 20106251D-H1
01/24/2020Incorporates HB25 (Lindsey)
01/24/2020Incorporates HB208 (Murphy)
01/24/2020Incorporates HB209 (Murphy)
01/28/2020Read first time
01/29/2020Read second time
01/29/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106251D-H1
01/29/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1H1
01/30/2020Impact statement from DHCD/CLG (HB1)
01/30/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1H1)
01/30/2020Read third time and passed House ((65-Y 35-N)
01/30/2020VOTE: Passage (65-Y 35-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
01/31/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/18/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendment (10-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/21/2020Passed by for the day


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 8 clips in all, totaling 6 minutes.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB25, SB45, SB111 and SB879.


Clifford Garstang writes:

Expanding no-excuse absentee voting will greatly enhance voting rights in Virginia and will reduce the burden on registrars during the current (but not yet implemented) 7-day no-excuse period. Furthermore, it will help to reduce lines at polling places on election day, another obstacle to voting.

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