Elections; electronic return of voted military-overseas ballots. (HB880)

Introduced By

Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elections; electronic return of voted military-overseas ballots; pilot program. Directs the Commissioner of Elections to establish and supervise a pilot program by which an overseas voter who is a registered voter of a county or city participating in the pilot program may return his voted military-overseas ballot by electronic means. The Commissioner is required by the bill to promulgate standards and develop procedures for the secure transmission and return, storage, and processing of voted military-overseas ballots, including security measures, methods for verifying and authenticating a voter's identity, and encryption methods for the voted ballots. Counties and cities participating in the pilot program are required under the bill to participate in a security review after each election. In each year of the pilot program, the bill requires the Commissioner to conduct a security assessment and update the security measures for the pilot program. The bill also requires that voters eligible to return their military-overseas ballots by electronic means through the pilot program be permitted to sign the statement of voter and any other documents related to absentee voting using the digital signature associated with their respective Common Access Cards issued by the U.S. Department of Defense. The bill provides that the pilot program is in effect for elections held on and after January 1, 2023. The Commissioner is required by the bill to submit a report on or before December 1, 2027, on the outcomes of the pilot program and to include a recommendation on whether to implement the electronic return of voted military-overseas ballots on a permanent, statewide basis. The bill has an expiration date of December 31, 2027. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22103141D
01/12/2022Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/03/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB880)
02/07/2022Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #2
02/09/2022Subcommittee recommends striking from docket (8-Y 0-N)
02/15/2022Left in Privileges and Elections

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