Elections; photo identification required, time for in-person absentee. (HB779)

Introduced By

Del. Wren Williams (R-Stuart)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elections; photo identification required; time for in-person absentee; absentee ballots not accepted after election day; repeal of permanent absentee voter list. Requires presentation of a form of identification containing a photograph in order to vote. The bill repeals the provisions of law permitting a voter who does not have one of the required forms of identification to vote after signing a statement, subject to felony penalties for false statements, that he is the named registered voter he claims to be. Instead, the bill provides that such voter is entitled to cast a provisional ballot. The bill also limits absentee voting in person to the week immediately preceding an election. The bill repeals the provisions of law by which any registered voter may apply to receive absentee ballots for all elections in which he is eligible to vote and remains on the list until the voter requests in writing to be removed from the list, the voter's registration is canceled or placed on inactive status pursuant to law, or the voter moves to a different address not in the same county or city of his registration. The bill also removes provisions allowing absentee ballots received after the close of polls to be counted. Read the Bill »


01/11/2022: Awaiting a Vote in the Privileges and Elections Committee


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22102174D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections


Ron Quasebarth writes:

This seems once again to be common sense if you want to verify the inperson voter is actually who they claim to be and that names aren't added to the absentee voter list.

Dee Martworthy writes:

This entire bill prevents free, fair and full elections.
There wer no instances in virginia of any voter fraud and there’s no reason to repeal laws that make it easy to exercise our constitutional right to vote.

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