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 »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22102174D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/31/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB779)
02/15/2022Left in 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.

Dianne Rencsok writes:

Common sense for privileged vehicle owning person to have a photo ID. Troublesome for the restaurant employee living with their parents who takes the bus to work.
My daughter recently moved to a new state. When she went to get a driver's license for that state, she was asked for two forms of photo ID. She presented her out-of-state driver's license and her military ID. The military ID was not recognized and an additional document requested. She left, came back another day with her passport. That was accepted as the second photo ID. But now a document such as utilities bill or rental contract were required to validate her residence in the state. This meant a third trip to the DMV was made. Fortunately, she could take leave from her work and still receive a paycheck.
What if she never had a driver's license or a passport? What if she needed a bus schedule to get to the DMV? What if she lived with her parents and had no utilities bill or other document linking her to the given address?
What if she lost income if she did not arrive at her place of work?

Granted, the state was not Virginia. But Virginia required my other daughter to validate her identification before issuing a driver's permit for my grandchild.

Donna Marino writes:

Some American citizens, for example seniors, do not have valid photo ID's. Those that are retired, or former Federal employees who's ID picture has expired or don't drive or don't have a valid state ID. They should be able to show up with two bills with their home address, or if still working bring a pay stub (or two) showing their state tax deduction with their social security number and home address, or picture ID say from a public bus transportation company or train service that takes your picture to qualify to use say a senior discount or for a bulk discount store that also requires a picture. The other forms of identification are valid and should be accepted for identification.

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