Polling place; assistance for certain voters, clarifies definition of 'person with a disability.' (SB605)

Introduced By

Sen. Suhas Subramanyam (D-Ashburn) with support from co-patron Sen. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-Woodbridge)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Assistance for certain voters outside of the polling place; definition of "person with a disability"; training. Amends the definition of "person with a disability" for purposes of the Elections title to mean any person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of his major life activities or who has a record of such impairment. The bill provides that any qualified voter who is a person with a disability shall be eligible for assistance outside of the polling place and makes technical amendments for consistency. The bill requires the training required for all officers of election to include specific training on voting outside of a polling place and directs the Department of Elections to incorporate into guidance documents for election officials the processes and procedures for voting outside of the polling place, including best practices for providing assistance for voters with disabilities. This bill is identical to HB 441. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104168D
01/10/2024Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/22/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB605)
01/23/2024Reported from Privileges and Elections (11-Y 0-N 3-A) (see vote tally)
01/25/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2024Read second time and engrossed
01/29/2024Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2024Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2024Passed by for the day
01/30/2024Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2024Placed on Calendar
02/13/2024Read first time
02/13/2024Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/16/2024Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2024Committee substitute printed 24107791D-H1
02/20/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB605H1)
02/20/2024Read second time
02/21/2024Read third time
02/21/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24107791D-H1
02/21/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB605H1
02/21/2024Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/21/2024VOTE: Block Vote Passage (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2024House substitute agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2024Title replaced 24107791D-H1
02/28/2024Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB605ER)
02/28/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB605ER)
02/28/2024Signed by Speaker
03/02/2024Signed by President
03/11/2024Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 11, 2024
03/11/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/04/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 515 (effective 7/1/24)

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