Absentee voting; mandatory processing of returned absentee ballots before election day. (SB1246)

Introduced By

Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Absentee voting; mandatory processing of returned absentee ballots before election day; central absentee voter precinct in the office of the general registrar. 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. Under current law, it is only required that the general registrar undertake at least one such activity before election day. To facilitate this preprocessing, the bill requires a central absentee voter precinct to be established in the office of the general registrar. Additional central absentee voter precincts may be established at the discretion of the governing body. Read the Bill »

Status

01/11/2021: Awaiting a Vote in the Privileges and Elections Committee

History

DateAction
01/11/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21100746D
01/11/2021Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/19/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1246)

Hearing Scheduled

This bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Privileges and Elections committee on 01/26/2021. It meets on Tuesday, 4:00 P.M. - Senate Room A.

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