Absentee voting; ballots to be processed before election day and sorted and counted. (HB2239)

Introduced By

Del. Roxann Robinson (R-Chesterfield)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elections; absentee voting; ballots to be processed before election day and sorted and counted by precinct. Requires certain actions to be taken to process absentee ballots that are returned by mail before election day. The general registrar is required to examine the ballot envelopes to verify completion of the required voter affirmation; mark the pollbook, or the absentee voter applicant list if the pollbook is not available, that the voter has voted; and open the sealed ballot envelopes and insert the ballots in optical scan counting equipment or other secure ballot container without initiating any ballot count totals. Current law requires only that the general registrar undertake at least one such activity before election day. So that ballots can be separated from ballot envelopes and scanned, the bill requires that the office of the general registrar be used as a central absentee voter precinct. The bill requires that absentee ballots processed at any central absentee voter precinct be sorted by the precinct to which the voter who cast the absentee ballot is assigned and that the resulting vote totals from such ballots be reported separately for each voter precinct. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/13/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101712D
01/13/2021Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/15/2021Assigned P & E sub: Election Administration
01/18/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2239)
01/26/2021Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (4-Y 2-N)
02/05/2021Left in Privileges and Elections