Absentee voting; excuse required to vote absentee by mail, signature match. (SB552)

Introduced By

Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Midlothian)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Absentee voting; excuse required to vote absentee by mail; signature match. Requires a registered voter to provide a reason for being absent or unable to vote at his polling place on election day in order to receive an absentee ballot to vote by mail. The bill requires a voter voting absentee by mail to open his ballot in the presence of a notary who must sign the ballot return envelope. The bill requires that the general registrar match the signature of the voter on an absentee return envelope to a signature that the general registrar has on file before processing the ballot. If the signature doesn't match, the absentee ballot is to be treated as a provisional vote subject to approval by the electoral board. The bill also repeals the permanent absentee voter list and limits the special annual application to those voters with an illness or disability. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22101614D
01/12/2022Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/24/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB552)
01/25/2022Passed by indefinitely in Privileges and Elections (9-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)


Lou Di Leonardo writes:

This law wouldn't be necessary if anyone other than an active duty military member out-of-country were required to vote at their local poll site on election day.

Ian Springer-Woods writes:

We recently had one of the safest, most secure elections in the history of Virginia. In that election, where it was easy to vote, Republicans picked up many seats. Why is it that immediately after they get elected, one of the first things Republicans do is try to put restrictions on voting? This legislation does not solve problems. The only thing it does is what Republicans always want to do: make it more difficult for anyone except those with the most means and options in their lives (i.e. people more likely to vote Republican) to vote.
Placing undo restrictions on voting is unamerican. Voting is a right.
There is nothing wrong with Virginia's current voting system. This bill, and all others like it, should be dropped.

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