2020 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5005 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Carroll Foy
Voter Education Materials and Witness Signatures

Item 86 #1h

Item 86 #1h

First Year - FY2021 Second Year - FY2022
Department of Elections FY2021 $1,000,000 FY2022 $0 GF
FY2021 5.00 FY2022 0.00 FTE

Page 16, line 7, strike "$20,858,038" and insert "$21,858,038".

Page 17, after line 21, insert:

"3. Notwithstanding the provisions of  § 24.2-707, Code of Virginia, the witness of a signature on the back of an envelope for absentee ballot shall not be considered a material omission and shall not render his ballot void."

Page 17, line 22, strike "3" and insert "4".

Page 18, after line 3, insert:

"N. Out of the amounts included in this appropriation, $1,000,000 in the first year from the general fund shall be provided to the Department of Elections to distribute voter education materials for the November 3, 2020 general election to registered Virginia voters. The materials distributed by the Department shall include instructions for voters on how to track their absentee ballot in the mail and to drop-off their ballots in designated areas determined by general registrars."


(This amendment establishes that the absence of a witness signature on an absentee ballot envelope shall not render the ballot void. It also appropriates $1 million from the general funds in fiscal year 2021 to support the distribution of voter education materials by the Department of Elections).