Mandate to provide prepaid postage with absentee ballots amended in Senate committee

February 25, 2020

HB 220 (Krizek) would require absentee ballots to be sent to voters with postage prepaid.  Given the expected increase in absentee voting by mail in future elections with the elimination of the requirement that voters provide an excuse to vote absentee, this requirement could potentially impose significant costs on localities, in addition to the costs associated with early voting overall.  In discussing the bill with VACo, the patron has expressed a willingness to work to secure state funding to assist localities or to make other arrangements to reduce mailing costs.  The Senate Privileges and Elections Committee added a reenactment clause to the bill when it was heard on February 18, which would require the bill to be passed again next session in order to take effect.

VACo Contact:  Katie Boyle

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