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Mandate 1333

Mandate Information
Mandate Title:
Absentee Ballot Requirements
Purpose of legislation
Acts of Assembly Chapter 785 from the 2023 General Assembly Session removes the witness signature requirement for absentee ballots and applications as well as the witness signature requirement for Federal write-in absentee ballots and applications. The bill replaces it with the voter’s year of birth and the last four digits of their social security number or a unique identifier, if the voter was never issued one. As a result of these changes, 1VAC20-45-40 and 1VAC20-70-20 of Virginia Administrative Code, will need to be amended to be in compliance with these amendments. 1VAC20-70-80 of Virginia Administrative Code will have to be repealed, in order to be in compliance with these changes to the Code of Virginia.
Legislation mandating a change Chap 785 (2023)
VAC chapters to be amended
1 vac 20 - 45 : Absent Military and Overseas Voters
1 vac 20 - 70 : Absentee Voting
Associated Regulatory Actions
Action 6258: Absentee Voting: Removal of Witness Signature Requirements
Latest Stage: Final
Deadline for the regulation to become effective 7/3/2023
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