Military-overseas ballots; electronic return of voted ballots, report. (SJ322)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Study; Secretary of Administration; State Board of Elections; electronic return of voted military-overseas ballots; pilot program; report. Requests the Secretary of Administration to oversee and develop a charter and directives for the State Board of Elections to form a working group to study implementation of electronic return of voted military-overseas ballots. In conducting its study, the State Board of Elections with the working group shall study and develop initial instructions and procedures that (i) consider issues related to accessibility, auditability, authentication, verification, and security through encryption, in order to ensure that any process implemented would guarantee the accuracy and integrity of voted military-overseas ballots, and (ii) recommend (a) security measures necessary to reasonably secure the transmission, processing, and storage of voter data from interception and unauthorized access; (b) methods for verifying and authenticating the identity of the voter electronically when registering to vote and when requesting a ballot from and returning a ballot to the voter's jurisdiction; (c) methods for the encryption of voted ballots; and (d) a procedure for security reviews after an election. The study shall focus on implementation of electronic return of voted military-overseas ballots first as a limited pilot program in 2022, and later on a statewide basis. Read the Bill »


03/01/2021: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/22/2021Presented and ordered printed 21102039D
01/22/2021Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/27/2021Rereferred from General Laws and Technology (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2021Rereferred to Privileges and Elections
02/04/2021Reported from Privileges and Elections (11-Y 3-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/04/2021Reading waived (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Read second time and engrossed
02/05/2021Reading waived (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Agreed to by Senate (21-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2021Placed on Calendar
02/07/2021Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in Privileges and Elections
03/01/2021Left in Privileges and Elections

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