Elections, Department of; appropriations to provide prepaid postage for return of absentee ballots. (HB5103)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patrons Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax Station), Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria), Del. Joe Lindsey (D-Norfolk), and Del. Luke Torian (D-Woodbridge)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Appropriation; Department of Elections. Appropriates $2,000,000 to the Department of Elections to be used to provide prepaid postage for the return of absentee ballots for the November 3, 2020, election. The bill requires that such prepaid postage be provided by localities, which will be reimbursed by the Department out of the appropriation. The bill also makes other procedural changes for absentee voting for the November 3, 2020, election, including directing the State Board of Elections to promulgate guidelines for the establishment and operation of drop-off locations for completed ballots. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


08/20/2020Presented and ordered printed 20200854D
08/20/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
08/24/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
08/24/2020Reported from Appropriations with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
08/24/2020Committee substitute printed 20200940D-H1
08/26/2020Read first time
08/27/2020Floor substitute printed 20201013D-H2 (Sickles)
08/27/2020Read second time
08/27/2020Committee substitute rejected 20200940D-H1
08/27/2020Substitute by Delegate Sickles agreed to 20201013D-H2
08/27/2020Amendments by Delegate Cole passed by
08/27/2020Amendment by Delegate Sickles agreed to
08/27/2020Engrossed by House - floor substitute with amendment HB5103EH2
08/27/2020Printed as engrossed 20201013D-EH2
08/27/2020Amendments by Delegate Cole passed by (55-Y 44-N)
08/27/2020VOTE: Pass by (55-Y 44-N) (see vote tally)
08/27/2020Engrossed bill reprinted 20201013D-EH2
08/28/2020Read third time and passed House (54-Y 42-N)
08/28/2020VOTE: Passage (54-Y 42-N) (see vote tally)
09/02/2020Read first time
09/02/2020Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations
09/02/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations (11-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
09/03/2020Read second time
09/04/2020Passed by for the day
09/09/2020Passed by for the day
09/10/2020Motion to recommit to committee agreed to
09/10/2020Recommitted to Finance and Appropriations
11/10/2020Left in Finance and Appropriations