HB 1888

  • Virginia House Bill
  • 2021 Regular Session
  • Introduced in House Jan 08, 2021
  • Passed House Jan 19, 2021
  • Passed Senate Feb 19, 2021
  • Signed by Governor Mar 31, 2021

Absentee voting; procedural and process reforms, availability and accessibility reforms, penalty.

Abstract

Absentee voting; procedural and process reforms; availability and accessibility reforms; penalty. Makes various reforms to absentee voting processes and procedures, including those related to availability and accessibility. The bill requires certain actions to be taken to process absentee ballots returned before the day of an election, including verifying the correct completion of the voter affirmation statement, and provides for an opportunity for an absentee voter to make corrections to the statement in certain circumstances. The bill requires the establishment of drop-off locations for the return of voted absentee ballots. Additionally, a central absentee voter precinct is required to be established in each locality; currently, establishment is optional. On the day of the election, officers of election are required to begin processing absentee ballots in the central absentee voter precincts prior to the close of polls, but no ballot vote counts are permitted to be transmitted outside of the central absentee voter precinct before the close of polls; a violation of such prohibition is a Class 1 misdemeanor. When reporting election results to the Department of Elections, the general registrars are required to report absentee ballots cast early in person separately from all other absentee ballots. Additionally, a voter who has applied for and received an absentee ballot may choose to instead vote at his polling place on election day, and such voter shall be entitled to cast a provisional ballot. The bill requires a ballot marking tool with screen reader assistive technology to be made available for absentee voters with a print disability. Restrictions on the availability of absentee voting for first-time voters who registered by mail are repealed. The bill contains technical amendments for organizational and readability purposes.

Absentee voting; procedural and process reforms; availability and accessibility reforms; penalty. Makes various reforms to absentee voting processes and procedures, including those related to availability and accessibility. The bill requires certain actions to be taken to process absentee ballots returned before the day of an election, including verifying the correct completion of the voter affirmation statement, and provides for an opportunity for an absentee voter to make corrections to the statement in certain circumstances. The bill requires the establishment of drop-off locations for the return of voted absentee ballots. Additionally, a central absentee voter precinct is required to be established in each locality; currently, establishment is optional. On the day of the election, officers of election are required to begin processing absentee ballots in the central absentee voter precincts prior to the close of polls, but no ballot vote counts are permitted to be transmitted outside of the central absentee voter precinct before the close of polls; a violation of such prohibition is a Class 1 misdemeanor. When reporting election results to the Department of Elections, the general registrars are required to report absentee ballots cast early in person separately from all other absentee ballots. Additionally, a voter who has applied for and received an absentee ballot may choose to instead vote at his polling place on election day, and such voter shall be entitled to cast a provisional ballot. The bill requires a ballot marking tool with screen reader assistive technology to be made available for absentee voters with a print disability. Restrictions on the availability of absentee voting for first-time voters who registered by mail are repealed. The bill contains technical amendments for organizational and readability purposes.

Bill Sponsors (38)

Votes


Actions


Mar 31, 2021

Office of the Governor

Approved by Governor-Chapter 471 (effective 7/1/21)

Mar 01, 2021

Office of the Governor

Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021

House

Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 1, 2021

Feb 26, 2021

House

Signed by Speaker

Feb 25, 2021

House

Enrolled

Senate

Signed by President

House

Impact statement from DPB (HB1888ER)

Feb 23, 2021

House

VOTE: Adoption (53-Y 43-N)

House

Senate substitute agreed to by House 21200269D-S1 (53-Y 43-N)

House

Placed on Calendar

Feb 19, 2021

Senate

Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1888S1

House

Impact statement from DPB (HB1888S1)

Senate

Passed Senate with substitute (21-Y 17-N)

Senate

Read third time

Senate

Committee substitute agreed to 21200269D-S1

Senate

Reading of substitute waived

Feb 18, 2021

Senate

Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)

Feb 16, 2021

Senate

Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (9-Y 6-N)

Senate

Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered

Senate

Committee substitute printed 21200269D-S1

Feb 05, 2021

Senate

Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Privileges and Elections (15-Y 0-N)

Jan 22, 2021

House

Impact statement from DHCD/CLG (HB1888)

Jan 20, 2021

Senate

Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections

Senate

Constitutional reading dispensed

Jan 19, 2021

House

VOTE: Passage (55-Y 43-N)

House

Impact statement from DPB (HB1888E)

House

Read third time and passed House (55-Y 43-N)

Jan 18, 2021

House

Read second time

House

Printed as engrossed 21101608D-E

House

Engrossed by House as amended HB1888E

House

Committee amendments agreed to

Jan 15, 2021

House

Read first time

Jan 13, 2021

House

House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered

House

Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendment(s) (13-Y 9-N)

House

Impact statement from DPB (HB1888)

Jan 08, 2021

House

Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections

House

Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101608D

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
Printed as engrossed 21101608D-E HTML
Committee substitute printed 21200269D-S1 HTML
HB1888ER HTML
CHAP0471 HTML

Related Documents

Document Format
Fiscal Impact Statement: HB1888F164.PDF PDF
Fiscal Impact Statement: HB1888FE122.PDF PDF
Fiscal Impact Statement: HB1888F122.PDF PDF
Amendment: HB1888AH HTML

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