Absentee voting; applications for ballots, annual absentee voter list. (HB175)

Introduced By

Del. Rob Bloxom (R-Accomack) with support from co-patron Del. Tony Wilt (R-Harrisonburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Absentee voting; annual absentee voter list; absentee ballots; return of ballots. Removes the permanent absentee voter list and provides for an annual absentee voter list by which any eligible voter who annually files an application and is enrolled on the list receives an absentee ballot for any election in which he is eligible to vote in the ensuing calendar year. The application for the annual absentee voter list requires, at a minimum, the voter to provide his printed name, date of birth, and the last four digits of his social security number. The bill makes an absentee voter's failure to have a witness sign the absentee ballot envelope a material omission and renders his ballot void. Current law allows a late absentee ballot to be counted if it is received by the Friday after the election and postmarked on or before the day of the election; the bill modifies this provision, requiring a postmark on or before the Saturday immediately preceding the day of the election. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22101651D
01/10/2022Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/17/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB175)
02/03/2022Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #3
02/04/2022House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/04/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 1-N)
02/04/2022Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2022Committee substitute printed 22106029D-H1
02/08/2022Read first time
02/09/2022Read second time
02/09/2022Passed by for the day
02/10/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB175H1)
02/10/2022Read second time
02/10/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22106029D-H1
02/10/2022Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB175H1
02/11/2022Read third time and passed House (52-Y 46-N)
02/11/2022VOTE: Passage (52-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2022Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
03/01/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
03/01/2022Passed by indefinitely in Privileges and Elections (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)


ChangeServant, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

OPPOSE. Requires annual application for absentee ballot.

Dee Martworthy writes:

The law as stated doses not need amended. No need to require voters to re-register every year for a mail-in ballot.