Vote by mail; pilot program. Provides that the Department of Elections shall develop a pilot program for conducting elections by mail. In a vote by mail election, a ballot is mailed to every registered voter and the ballots are returned by the voters by mailing the ballot to the office of the general registrar, by delivering the ballot in person to the office of the general registrar, or by depositing the ballot at a drop-off location. The bill requires participating localities to provide a report on the pilot program in its locality to the State Board by December 1 of each year in which it participates. The bill requires the State Board to submit a report to the Governor, the General Assembly, and the House and Senate Committees on Privileges and Elections on the pilot program, including a recommendation as to whether all elections in the Commonwealth should be conducted by mail. The bill has an expiration date of December 31, 2021.Legislative Information System of Virginia HB230 details.
|February 1st||Patron Comments:|
Delegate Rodman cited the success of similar programs in many other states as precedent off of which Virginia can build.
Public Comments (Pro):
The Virginia Registrars Association spoke in favor of the bill, voicing the opinion that a pilot program is a great way to help localities adapt.
Public Comments (Con):
The State Board of Elections spoke in opposition to the bill, arguing that the USPS is not a secure or reliable enough method of voting.
Passed by Indefinitely