2021 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1800 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: LaRock
Counting of Absentee Votes

Item 86 #3h

Item 86 #3h

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

Page 84, line 35, strike "$16,823,166" and insert "$17,823,166".

Page 85, after line 48, insert:

"K.1. Notwithstanding the provisions of § 24.2.712, Code of Virginia, the governing body of each county or city must receive, count, and report results, of  absentee ballots cast in the county or city by the voter's designated precinct.

2. Out of the amounts included in this item, $1,000,000 in the second year from the general fund is provided for the Department of Elections to provide grants to offices of general registrars to assist with this policy change."


(This amendment provides $1.0 million from the general fund in the second year to assist general registrars' offices with associated costs of requiring all absentee ballots be counted at the voter's designated precinct versus the locality's Central Absentee Precinct. This is a placeholder amendment until a final fiscal impact statement is produced.)