Absentee voting; procedural and process reforms, availability and accessibility reforms, penalty. (HB1888)

Introduced By

Del. Schuyler VanValkenburg (D-Henrico) with support from 37 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond), Del. Hala Ayala (D-Woodbridge), Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Lee Carter (D-Manassas), Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax Station), Del. Wendy Gooditis (D-Clarke), Del. Angelia Williams Graves (D-Norfolk), Del. Cliff Hayes (D-Chesapeake), Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station), Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Sally Hudson (D-Charlottesville), Del. Chris Hurst (D-Blacksburg), Del. Clinton Jenkins (D-Suffolk), Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Del. Candi King (D-Woodbridge), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond), Del. Martha Mugler (D-Hampton, Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. David Reid (D-Loudoun), Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), Del. Shelly Simonds (D-Newport News), Del. Suhas Subramanyam (D-Sterling), Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington), Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield), Del. Roslyn Tyler (D-Jarratt), Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale), Del. Rodney Willett (D-Henrico), Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Absentee voting; procedural and process reforms; availability and accessibility reforms; penalty. Makes various reforms to absentee voting processes and procedures, including those related to availability and accessibility. The bill requires certain actions to be taken to process absentee ballots returned before the day of an election, including verifying the correct completion of the voter affirmation statement, and provides for an opportunity for an absentee voter to make corrections to the statement in certain circumstances. The bill requires the establishment of drop-off locations for the return of voted absentee ballots. Additionally, a central absentee voter precinct is required to be established in each locality; currently, establishment is optional. On the day of the election, officers of election are required to begin processing absentee ballots in the central absentee voter precincts prior to the close of polls, but no ballot vote counts are permitted to be transmitted outside of the central absentee voter precinct before the close of polls; a violation of such prohibition is a Class 1 misdemeanor. When reporting election results to the Department of Elections, the general registrars are required to report absentee ballots cast early in person separately from all other absentee ballots. Additionally, a voter who has applied for and received an absentee ballot may choose to instead vote at his polling place on election day, and such voter shall be entitled to cast a provisional ballot. The bill requires a ballot marking tool with screen reader assistive technology to be made available for absentee voters with a print disability. Restrictions on the availability of absentee voting for first-time voters who registered by mail are repealed. The bill contains technical amendments for organizational and readability purposes. Read the Bill »


03/31/2021: signed by governor


01/08/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101608D
01/08/2021Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/13/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1888)
01/13/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/13/2021Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendment(s) (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/15/2021Read first time
01/18/2021Read second time
01/18/2021Committee amendments agreed to
01/18/2021Engrossed by House as amended HB1888E
01/18/2021Printed as engrossed 21101608D-E
01/19/2021Read third time and passed House (55-Y 43-N)
01/19/2021VOTE: Passage (55-Y 43-N) (see vote tally)
01/19/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1888E)
01/20/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
01/20/2021Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/22/2021Impact statement from DHCD/CLG (HB1888)
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Privileges and Elections (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/16/2021Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2021Committee substitute printed 21200269D-S1
02/18/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute 21200269D-S1
02/19/2021Read third time
02/19/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/19/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21200269D-S1
02/19/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1888S1
02/19/2021Passed Senate with substitute (21-Y 17-N)
02/19/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1888S1)
02/23/2021Placed on Calendar
02/23/2021Senate substitute agreed to by House 21200269D-S1 (53-Y 43-N)
02/23/2021VOTE: Adoption (53-Y 43-N)
02/25/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1888ER)
02/25/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1888ER)
02/25/2021Signed by President
02/25/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate reprinted (HB1888ER)
02/26/2021Signed by Speaker
03/01/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 1, 2021
03/01/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/31/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 471 (effective 7/1/21)
03/31/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0471)
03/31/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text reprinted (CHAP0471)