Voter registration by mail; certain first-time voters permitted to vote by absentee ballot. (HB872)

Introduced By

Del. Jeff Bourne (D-Richmond) with support from co-patrons Del. Alex Askew (D-Virginia Beach), and Del. Lamont Bagby (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Voter registration by mail; certain first-time voters permitted to vote by absentee ballot. Adds to the list of exceptions to the requirement that first-time voters who registered to vote by mail must vote in person those voters who are entitled under current law to vote by absentee ballot because they are confined while awaiting trial or for having been convicted of a misdemeanor. This bill incorporates HB 185. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101730D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/13/2020Assigned P & E sub: Elections
01/27/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB872)
01/28/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 2-N)
01/31/2020Committee substitute printed 20107265D-H1
01/31/2020Incorporates HB185 (Simon)
01/31/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Read first time
02/05/2020Read second time
02/05/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107265D-H1
02/05/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB872H1
02/06/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB872H1)
02/06/2020Read third time and passed House (55-Y 44-N)
02/06/2020VOTE: Passage (55-Y 44-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/25/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Read third time
02/28/2020Passed Senate (20-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB872ER)
03/06/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB872ER)
03/06/2020Signed by Speaker
03/06/2020Signed 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
04/06/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 718 (effective 7/1/20)
04/06/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0718)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 1 minute.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB185.


Ronald N Quasebarth writes:

This is yet one more bill subject to many kinds of abuse and therefore fraud, all in the name of compassion.