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


02/14/2020: In Subcommittee


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

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.

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