Absentee voting; voter satellite offices for absentee voting in person. (SB617)

Introduced By

Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Absentee voting; voter satellite offices for absentee voting in person. Authorizes the establishment of voter satellite offices by governing bodies of counties and cities for purposes of absentee voting in person. No change in any voter satellite office, including the creation of a new voter satellite office or abolishment of an existing voter satellite office, may be enacted within the 60 days immediately preceding a general election. The bill requires general registrars to post notice of the locations of all voter satellite offices within the locality, and their days and hours of operation, not later than 55 days prior to any election. Requirements for polling places, including accessibility for persons with disabilities, changes of location due to emergency circumstances, and funding, apply to voter satellite offices. The provisions of the bill are applicable to elections beginning with the general election on November 3, 2020. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102713D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/14/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB617)
01/14/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/16/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/17/2020Read second time
01/17/2020Reading of amendment waived
01/17/2020Committee amendment agreed to
01/17/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended SB617E
01/17/2020Printed as engrossed 20102713D-E
01/20/2020Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB617E)
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
02/18/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 0-N)
02/21/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections (19-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Read second time
02/26/2020Read third time
02/26/2020Passed House (92-Y 8-N)
02/26/2020VOTE: Passage (92-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB617ER)
03/03/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB617ER)
03/03/2020Signed by Speaker
03/04/2020Signed 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
04/07/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 856 (effective 7/1/20)
04/07/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0856)


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 25 seconds.