Absentee voting; no excuse. Allows for any registered voter to vote by absentee ballot in any election in which he is qualified to vote. The bill removes the current list of statutory reasons for which a person may be entitled to vote by absentee ballot and consolidates multiple sections relating to absentee voting by uniformed and overseas voters into one section and multiple sections related to absentee voting by persons with a disability into one section.Legislative Information System of Virginia HB57 details.
|January 30th||Patron Comments:|
Delegate Herring stated that this bill will increase voter turnout while also saving the state expenses on election day operation.
Public Comments (Pro):
The League of Women Voters of Virginia spoke in support of the bill.
The Virginia ACLU spoke in strong support of the bill, stating that this bill gets rid of a whole host of arbitrary voter mistreatment.
The Voter Registrars Association of Virginia spoke in support of the bill, but voiced concern over its implimentation across the state.
The City of Alexandria spoke in support of the bill.
Public Comments (Con):
The Virginia State Borad of Elections spoke in opposition to the bill, citing major fiscal impact concerns.
The City of Williamsburg spoke in support of the bill, stating that they are one of the areas that do in fact have a fiscal impact.
Passed by Indefinitely