Elections, Department of; appropriations to provide prepaid postage for return of absentee ballots. (SB5120)

Introduced By

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston) with support from co-patrons Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), and Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)


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 Passed


08/21/2020Presented and ordered printed 20200923D
08/21/2020Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations
08/24/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (11-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
08/24/2020Committee substitute printed 20200947D-S1
08/26/2020Impact statement from VCSC (SB5120S1)
08/26/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (34-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
08/27/2020Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB5120ES2
08/27/2020Floor substitute printed 20201001D-S2 (Howell)
08/27/2020Read second time
08/27/2020Reading of substitute waived
08/27/2020Committee substitute rejected 20200947D-S1
08/27/2020Substitute by Senator Howell agreed to 20201001D-S2
08/27/2020Reading of amendment waived
08/27/2020Amendment by Senator Deeds agreed to
08/27/2020Reading of amendments waived
08/27/2020Amendment #1 by Senator Newman out of order
08/27/2020Amendment #2 by Senator Newman rejected (15-Y 21-N) (see vote tally)
08/27/2020Amendment by Senator Ruff rejected (15-Y 21-N) (see vote tally)
08/27/2020Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute with amendment SB5120ES2
08/27/2020Printed as engrossed 20201001D-ES2
08/28/2020Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
09/02/2020Placed on Calendar
09/02/2020Read first time
09/02/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
09/02/2020Reported from Appropriations (13-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
09/03/2020Read second time
09/04/2020Read third time
09/04/2020Passed by temporarily
09/04/2020Passed House (55-Y 43-N)
09/04/2020VOTE: Passage (55-Y 43-N) (see vote tally)
09/04/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB5120ER)
09/04/2020Signed by President
09/04/2020Signed by Speaker
09/04/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on September 4, 2020
09/04/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., September 11, 2020
09/04/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1 (effective 9/4/20)
09/04/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0001)