Absentee voting; deadline for returning absentee ballot. (HB956)

Introduced By

Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun) with support from co-patron Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Midlothian)

Progress

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

Description

Absentee voting; deadline for returning absentee ballot. Requires that an absentee ballot be received before the closing of the polls on election day in order to be counted. Currently, an absentee ballot that is received after the closing of the polls but before noon on the third day after the election is counted if it is postmarked on or before the date of the election. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/12/2022Committee
01/12/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22102801D
01/12/2022Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/17/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB956)
02/03/2022Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #3
02/04/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-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)

Comments

ChangeServant, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

OPPOSE. Repeals law extending time from for submitting absentee ballots. Reinstitutes requirement of receipt by end of election day.

Anne M Beamer writes:

If the absentee ballot is postmarked on or before Election Day, then clearly the voter did no wrong and should not be disenfranchised if the mail is slow.

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