Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Elections
State Board of Elections
Absentee Voting [1 VAC 20 ‑ 70]
Chapter is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
Action is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
Absentee Witness Signatures during State of Emergency
Action 5755
General Information
Action Summary The purpose of this regulation is to clarify the absentee ballot witness signature requirements under ยง24.2-707 of the Code of Virginia. The regulation seeks to avoid ambiguity, allow election officials ample time to prepare for absentee balloting in advance of an election, and promote uniformity among absentee voters who submit absentee ballots during the 45-day absentee voting period leading up to Election Day.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This Action is exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act. The normal executive branch review process is not required. As such, it can be submitted directly for publication and is effective upon publication.
RIS Project Yes  [6853]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
9302 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 08/11/2021.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Ashley Coles  / Agency Regulatory Coordinator
Address: Washington Building
1100 Bank Street, First Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
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