Absentee voting; return of absentee ballots, drop-off locations. (HB34)

Introduced By

Del. Ronnie Campbell (R-Raphine) with support from co-patron Del. Wren Williams (R-Stuart)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Absentee voting; return of absentee ballots; drop-off locations. Repeals the provisions of law providing for the establishment of drop-off locations for the return of absentee ballots. Read the Bill »


04/08/2022: In Committee


12/29/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22102594D
12/29/2021Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/12/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB34)
01/31/2022Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #1
02/01/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 4-N)
02/04/2022Reported from Privileges and Elections (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2022Read first time
02/09/2022Read second time and engrossed
02/10/2022Read third time and defeated by House (49-Y 51-N)
02/10/2022VOTE: DEFEATED (49-Y 51-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2022Reconsideration of defeated action agreed to by House
02/10/2022Passed by for the day
02/11/2022Read third time and passed House (52-Y 47-N)
02/11/2022VOTE: Passage (52-Y 47-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2022Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/22/2022Passed by indefinitely in Privileges and Elections (8-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
04/08/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
04/08/2022Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB236 and HB1141.


ChangeServant, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

OPPOSE. Repeals law allowing drop off boxes for absentee ballots.

Lou Di Leonardo writes:

You vote in person at the poll you live near or you do not vote...unless you are a military member out-of-country. In 2020, we witnessed long lines of masked people waiting to cast early ballots. Why couldn't those people have gone to their polling site on election day and wait in line, if need be?

Brenda O Mead writes:


Drop off locations make it easier to vote!
Restricting voting locations disenfranchises those whose hours or work location make it difficult to go to polling sites on election day,
There is no data that supports any contention that drop off locations result in voter fraud!

Ian Springer-Woods writes:

We just finished one of the most secure and free elections in Virginia's history. The end result is that Republicans won seats. Why is it, then, that the first thing Republicans do when they take power is try to make it harder for those with the least means to vote? voting is a right that should be not only secure, but also free and easy. Our current voting laws make voting accessible to everyone. This bill does not solve any problems. This bill, and all others like it, are anti-democracy bills that should be dropped before they even hit committee.

Lynda Hilliard writes:

Drop off boxes maje it easier for disabled people to vote. There is no need to change any of the voting laws. There was no fraud. VOTE NO.

Donna Marino writes:

In states that have early voting I highly recommend it! I didn't discover that Virginia allows early voting until AFTER I retired. Believe me I would have voted early for years had I known rather than make to get to my polling place before going to work, or worry that I may not be able to get home to vote before the polls closed. Why wouldn't everyone vote early if they could? No waiting in line, no last minute concern you can't get there to vote! Every citizen that is registered to vote should always vote - either by absentee ballot if you are not able to vote in person or drop off your absentee ballot at a drop box. Every vote in every election is important. We should all proudly use our right that we have all been given as a Democratic society to take advantage of this privilege and use our voice by voting for the individuals we believe will keep us a free and safe Democracy.