Absentee voting; excuse required to vote absentee by mail, etc. (HB35)

Introduced By

Del. Ronnie Campbell (R-Raphine)

Progress

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

Description

Absentee voting; excuse required to vote absentee by mail; excuse required to vote absentee in person prior to the second Saturday preceding an election. Requires a registered voter to provide a reason for being absent or unable to vote at his polling place on election day in order to receive an absentee ballot to vote by mail. Registered voters offering to vote absentee in person are similarly required by the bill to provide a reason until the second Saturday immediately preceding an election, at which time an excuse is not required to vote absentee in person. The bill provides that an application for an absentee ballot is required to receive an absentee ballot by mail and to vote absentee in person before the second Saturday immediately preceding an election. The bill also repeals the permanent absentee voter list and limits the special annual application to those voters with an illness or disability. Read the Bill »

Status

12/29/2021: Awaiting a Vote in the Privileges and Elections Committee

History

DateAction
12/29/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22102778D
12/29/2021Committee
12/29/2021Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/14/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB35)

Comments

ChangeServant, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

OPPOSE this bill that would reinstitute the requirement that you have an excuse to vote absentee. Your excuse (whether it is a business trip or vacation, pregnancy or disability) would again be public information. There is no valid rationale for only allowing some people to vote absentee and not others.

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