Absentee voting; unsolicited absentee ballot applications, required information. (HB528)

Introduced By

Del. Amanda Batten (R-Toano) with support from co-patrons Del. Ronnie Campbell (R-Raphine), and Del. Tony Wilt (R-Harrisonburg)

Progress

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

Description

Absentee voting; unsolicited absentee ballot applications; required information. Requires any individual or organization sending an application for an absentee ballot to a registered voter that was not solicited or requested by the registered voter to include with the application instructions on completing the application and submitting it to the appropriate general registrar. The bill requires a statement that the application is not being sent by any state or local government official or agency on the envelope containing the application or on the first page of any enclosed materials. Such individuals and organizations are required to use the information provided in the list of registered voters acquired by such individual or organization from the Department of Elections pursuant to law, and a violation of this requirement is a Class 4 misdemeanor. The bill requires the Department of Elections to ensure, when providing the list of registered voters to such individual or organization for purposes of sending unsolicited absentee ballot applications, that no voter is included on the list provided if such voter has applied for an absentee ballot on or before the date the list is requested. The bill also provides that no absentee ballot sent to a registered voter that was not solicited or requested by the registered voter may be pre-populated with information the applicant is required to provide. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/11/2022Committee
01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22100934D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/26/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB528)
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 passed House (52-Y 48-N)
02/10/2022VOTE: Passage (52-Y 48-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2022Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/22/2022Passed by indefinitely in Privileges and Elections (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)

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