By Delegate Rob Bloxom
This is Rob Bloxom with this week’s Capitol Report from Richmond.
As we sped through the third week of this year’s session, we begin the fourth week just three short days from Crossover. This is when all the House bills must be acted on or the legislation will have to wait until next year.
All the committees have full dockets to try to give the bills a full, fair hearing.
The Appropriations Committee is really filling up because any legislation that has a fiscal impact will have to be referred to the Appropriations Committee. We o
The first legislation of my focus is making the permanent absentee voter list an annual one. This helps the registrar keep a clean list. Two percent of the absentee ballots that were mailed out statewide were returned, probably because people moved. The registrar will send out a letter to the absentee voter at the beginning of the year for them to confirm that they wish to stay on the absentee mailing list or wish to be removed. If they do not reply, by federal law, they
The next bill removes the witness signature requirement on the absentee ballot.
It requires the voter to provide the last four numbers of their social security number and their birthdate. This is information a registrar can check, whereas a witness signature cannot be verified.
The last bill is what I would call “the next person up in local elections.” This is how we interpreted the regulation, but an opinion came from Richmond that we have been doing it incorrectly for decades. The bill is restr
You may continue to follow these bills and others as they move through the committees by tracking them at https://lis.virginia.gov. Feel free to contact me at my office in Richmond on 804-698-1000 or by calling the district office at 757-824-3456. My email address is [email protected].
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