Absentee voting; establishment of drop-off locations, ballot defects, cure process. (SB1245)

Introduced By

Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) with support from co-patrons Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon), Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), and Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Absentee voting; establishment of drop-off locations; preprocessing of returned absentee ballots before election day; cure process; accessibility for voters with visual impairment or print disability. 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. 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 prior to the close of polls; a violation of such prohibition is a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill requires a ballot marking tool with screen reader assistive technology to be made available for absentee voters with a print disability. The Department of Elections is directed to convene a work group to consider and evaluate methods for sorting absentee ballots by precinct and reporting absentee ballot totals by precincts. Read the Bill »


04/07/2021: enacted


01/11/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21100967D
01/11/2021Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/22/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1245)
01/26/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/26/2021Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2021Committee substitute printed 21103751D-S1
01/28/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2021Read second time
01/29/2021Reading of substitute waived
01/29/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21103751D-S1
01/29/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1245S1
02/01/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1245S1)
02/01/2021Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Placed on Calendar
02/05/2021Read first time
02/05/2021Referred 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
02/16/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/16/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
02/17/2021Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Committee substitute printed 21200180D-H1
02/19/2021Read second time
02/19/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1245H1)
02/22/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21103751D-S1
02/22/2021Read third time
02/22/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21200180D-H1
02/22/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1245H1
02/22/2021Passed House with substitute (55-Y 45-N)
02/22/2021VOTE: Passage (55-Y 45-N)
02/23/2021House substitute agreed to by Senate (21-Y 18-N)
02/23/2021Title replaced 21200180D-H1
02/25/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1245ER)
02/25/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1245ER)
02/25/2021Signed by President
02/25/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House reprinted (SB1245ER)
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
03/31/2021Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/07/2021Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (21-Y 19-N)
04/07/2021House concurred in Governor's recommendation (55-Y 45-N)
04/07/2021VOTE: Agree To (55-Y 45-N)
04/07/2021G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/07/2021Reenrolled bill text (SB1245ER2)
04/07/2021Signed by President as reenrolled
04/07/2021Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/07/2021Enacted, Chapter 522 (effective 7/1/21)
04/07/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0522)
04/07/2021Reenrolled bill text reprinted (SB1245ER2)
04/07/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text reprinted (CHAP0522)