VA HB1888 | 2021 | 1st Special Session

Note: Carryover of previous HB1888

Status

Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 37-0)
Status: Passed on March 31 2021 - 100% progression
Action: 2021-03-31 - Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text reprinted (CHAP0471)
Text: Latest bill text (Chaptered) [HTML]

Summary

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 Restrictions on the availability of absentee voting for first-time voters who registered by mail are repealed.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.

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Title

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

Sponsors


Roll Calls

2021-02-23 - House - House: VOTE: Adoption (53-Y 43-N) (Y: 53 N: 43 NV: 0 Abs: 4) [PASS]
2021-02-19 - Senate - Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (21-Y 17-N) (Y: 21 N: 17 NV: 0 Abs: 1) [PASS]
2021-02-18 - Senate - Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (Y: 39 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2021-02-16 - Senate - Senate: Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (9-Y 6-N) (Y: 9 N: 6 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2021-02-05 - Senate - Senate: Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Privileges and Elections (15-Y 0-N) (Y: 15 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2021-01-19 - House - House: VOTE: Passage (55-Y 43-N) (Y: 55 N: 43 NV: 0 Abs: 2) [PASS]
2021-01-13 - House - House: Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendment(s) (13-Y 9-N) (Y: 13 N: 9 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]

History

DateChamberAction
2021-03-31 Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text reprinted (CHAP0471)
2021-03-31 Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0471)
2021-03-31 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 471 (effective 7/1/21)
2021-03-01 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
2021-03-01HouseEnrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 1, 2021
2021-02-26HouseSigned by Speaker
2021-02-25HouseBill text as passed House and Senate reprinted (HB1888ER)
2021-02-25SenateSigned by President
2021-02-25HouseBill text as passed House and Senate (HB1888ER)
2021-02-25HouseEnrolled
2021-02-23HouseVOTE: Adoption (53-Y 43-N)
2021-02-23HouseSenate substitute agreed to by House 21200269D-S1 (53-Y 43-N)
2021-02-23HousePlaced on Calendar
2021-02-19SenatePassed Senate with substitute (21-Y 17-N)
2021-02-19SenateEngrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1888S1
2021-02-19SenateCommittee substitute agreed to 21200269D-S1
2021-02-19SenateReading of substitute waived
2021-02-19SenateRead third time
2021-02-18SenateConstitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
2021-02-16SenateCommittee substitute printed 21200269D-S1
2021-02-16SenateReported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (9-Y 6-N)
2021-02-05SenateContinued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Privileges and Elections (15-Y 0-N)
2021-01-20SenateReferred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
2021-01-20SenateConstitutional reading dispensed
2021-01-19HouseVOTE: Passage (55-Y 43-N)
2021-01-19HouseRead third time and passed House (55-Y 43-N)
2021-01-18HousePrinted as engrossed 21101608D-E
2021-01-18HouseEngrossed by House as amended HB1888E
2021-01-18HouseCommittee amendments agreed to
2021-01-18HouseRead second time
2021-01-15HouseRead first time
2021-01-13HouseReported from Privileges and Elections with amendment(s) (13-Y 9-N)
2021-01-08HouseReferred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
2021-01-08HousePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101608D

Same As/Similar To

HB1888 (Carry Over) 2021-02-05 - Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Privileges and Elections (15-Y 0-N)

Subjects


Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
242101(n/a)See Bill Text
242103.2(n/a)See Bill Text
242416.1(n/a)See Bill Text
242603(n/a)See Bill Text
242653.1(n/a)See Bill Text
242667.1(n/a)See Bill Text
242704(n/a)See Bill Text
242705(n/a)See Bill Text
242706(n/a)See Bill Text
242707.1(n/a)See Bill Text
242711(n/a)See Bill Text
242712(n/a)See Bill Text

Virginia State Sources

TypeSource
Summaryhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+sum+HB1888
Texthttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+ful+HB1888+hil
Texthttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+ful+HB1888E+hil
Texthttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+ful+HB1888S1+hil
Texthttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+ful+HB1888ER+hil
Texthttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+ful+CHAP0471+hil
Amendmenthttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+amd+HB1888AH
Amendmenthttps://committees.lis.virginia.gov/pdfs/drafts/21200269D.pdf
Supplementhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+oth+HB1888F122+PDF
Supplementhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+oth+HB1888F164+PDF
Supplementhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+oth+HB1888FE122+PDF
Supplementhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+oth+HB1888FS1122+PDF
Supplementhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+oth+HB1888FER122+PDF
Roll Callhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+vot+H18C0014+HB1888
Roll Callhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+vot+HC0969+HB1888
Roll Callhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+vot+S08C0067+HB1888
Roll Callhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+vot+S08V0003+HB1888
Roll Callhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+vot+SV0174HB1888+HB1888
Roll Callhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+vot+SV0217HB1888+HB1888
Roll Callhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+vot+HV1873+HB1888

Bill Comments

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