Absentee voting; no excuse required, permanent absentee voter list. (HB207)

Introduced By

Del. Schuyler VanValkenburg (D-Henrico)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Absentee voting; no excuse; permanent absentee voter list. 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 also provides for a special application by which any registered voter may apply to receive absentee ballots for all elections in which he is eligible to vote. A voter on the permanent absentee voter list remains on the list until the voter requests in writing to be removed from the list, the voter's registration is canceled or placed on inactive status pursuant to law, or the voter moves to a different address not in the same county or city of his registration. The provisions of the bill providing for a permanent absentee voter list do not become effective until July 1, 2021. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/27/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102060D
12/27/2019Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/13/2020Assigned P & E sub: Elections
01/20/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB207)
01/21/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (4-Y 2-N)
01/21/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/24/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendments (12-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2020Read first time
01/29/2020Read second time
01/29/2020Committee amendments agreed to
01/29/2020Engrossed by House as amended HB207E
01/29/2020Printed as engrossed 20102060D-E
01/30/2020Read third time and passed House (53-Y 46-N)
01/30/2020VOTE: Passage (53-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
01/31/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/05/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB207E)
02/18/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendments (8-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Passed by for the day
02/24/2020Read third time
02/24/2020Reading of amendments waived
02/24/2020Committee amendments agreed to
02/24/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/24/2020Passed Senate with amendments (22-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Passed Senate with amendments (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Placed on Calendar
02/26/2020Senate amendments agreed to by House (55-Y 41-N)
02/26/2020VOTE: Adoption (55-Y 41-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB207ER)
03/02/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB207ER)
03/02/2020Signed by Speaker
03/03/2020Signed by President
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/11/2020Governor's recommendation received by House
04/22/2020Placed on Calendar
04/22/2020House concurred in Governor's recommendation (52-Y 43-N)
04/22/2020Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
04/22/2020G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/22/2020Reenrolled bill text (HB207ER2)
04/22/2020Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/22/2020Signed by President as reenrolled
04/22/2020Enacted, Chapter 1201 (effective - see bill)
04/22/2020VOTE: (52-Y 43-N)
04/22/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1201)
05/01/2020VOTE: (52-Y 43-N)