Absentee voting; accessibility for voters with a visual impairment or print disability. (SB1331)

Introduced By

Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania) with support from co-patrons Del. Cliff Hayes (D-Chesapeake), and Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Absentee voting; accessibility for voters with a visual impairment or print disability. Requires the Department of Elections to make available to all localities a tool to allow voters with a visual impairment or print disability to electronically and accessibly receive and mark absentee ballots using screen reader assistive technology. On receipt of an application for an absentee ballot from an applicant who indicates that he will require assistance due to a visual impairment or print disability, the general registrar is required to offer to provide to the applicant the ballot marking tool with screen reader assistive technology. Read the Bill »


03/18/2021: signed by governor


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102849D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/19/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1331)
01/26/2021Reported from Privileges and Elections (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2021Read second time and engrossed
02/01/2021Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2021Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2021Passed Senate (39-Y 0-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
02/16/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/16/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (8-Y 0-N)
02/17/2021Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendment(s) (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021Read second time
02/22/2021Read third time
02/22/2021Committee amendment agreed to
02/22/2021Engrossed by House as amended
02/22/2021Passed House with amendment BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/22/2021VOTE: Block Vote Passage (98-Y 0-N)
02/23/2021House amendment agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/25/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1331ER)
02/25/2021Signed by President
02/26/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1331ER)
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
03/18/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 255 (effective 7/1/21)
03/18/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0255)

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