Absentee voting; no excuse required. (SB111)

Introduced By

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


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. This bill incorporates SB 45, SB 137, SB 696, and SB 879. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/12/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101367D
12/12/2019Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/14/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB111)
01/14/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (11-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/14/2020Committee substitute printed 20105793D-S1
01/14/2020Incorporates SB45 (Spruill)
01/14/2020Incorporates SB137 (Stuart)
01/15/2020Incorporates SB696 (Mason)
01/15/2020Incorporates SB879 (Locke)
01/16/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/17/2020Read second time
01/17/2020Reading of substitute waived
01/17/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20105793D-S1
01/17/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB111S1
01/20/2020Read third time and passed Senate (31-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2020Impact statement from DHCD/CLG (SB111)
01/30/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB111S1)
02/13/2020Placed on Calendar
02/13/2020Read first time
02/13/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/14/2020Assigned P & E sub: Elections
02/18/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/18/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (5-Y 1-N)
02/21/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendment (13-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Read second time
02/26/2020Read third time
02/26/2020Committee amendment agreed to
02/26/2020Engrossed by House as amended
02/26/2020Passed House with amendment (62-Y 38-N)
02/26/2020VOTE: Passage (62-Y 38-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020House amendment agreed to by Senate (24-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB111ER)
03/06/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB111ER)
03/06/2020Signed by Speaker
03/07/2020Signed 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
04/11/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1151 (effective 7/1/20)
04/11/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1151)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1, HB25, SB45 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.