Absentee voting; third-party absentee ballot assembly and distribution. (SB1239)

Introduced By

Sen. John Bell (D-Chantilly) with support from co-patron Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Absentee voting; third-party absentee ballot assembly and distribution. Permits a general registrar to contract with a third party for the printing, assembly, and mailing of absentee ballots. The bill directs the State Board of Elections to adopt emergency regulations to implement the provisions of the bill and for those regulations to include processes to ensure secure and timely delivery of voter information to contractors and reports of mailed absentee ballots from contractors. Read the Bill »


03/18/2021: signed by governor


01/11/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21100930D
01/11/2021Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/15/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1239)
01/19/2021Reported from Privileges and Elections (11-Y 2-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
01/21/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2021Read second time and engrossed
01/25/2021Read third time and passed Senate (27-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2021Placed on Calendar
02/02/2021Read first time
02/02/2021Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in Privileges and Elections
02/10/2021Assigned P & E sub: Election Administration
02/16/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/17/2021Reported from Privileges and Elections (20-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021Read second time
02/22/2021Read third time
02/22/2021Passed House (70-Y 30-N)
02/22/2021VOTE: Passage (70-Y 30-N)
02/24/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1239ER)
02/24/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1239ER)
02/24/2021Signed by President
02/25/2021Signed 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
03/18/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 246 (effective 7/1/21)
03/18/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0246)

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