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Abstract of votes; when required to contain accounting of absentee ballots by precinct.

Provides that if any precinct in a locality has more than 25 absentee ballots cast by voters assigned to it, the abstract of votes is required to contain an accounting, by precinct, of the number of absentee ballots cast by voters assigned to each precinct in the locality.

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01/07/2020 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102735D Open

            

2020 SESSION

    20102735D
    HOUSE BILL NO. 987
    Offered January 8, 2020
    Prefiled January 7, 2020
    A BILL to amend and reenact � 24.2-671 of the Code of Virginia, relating to abstract of votes; when required to contain accounting of absentee ballots by precinct.
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    Patron-- Batten
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    Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
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    Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

    1. That � 24.2-671 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

    24.2-671. Electoral board to meet and ascertain results; conclusiveness of results.

    Each electoral board shall meet at the clerks or general registrars office of the county or city for which they are appointed at or before 5:00 p.m. on the day after any election. The board may adjourn to another room of sufficient size in a public building to ascertain the results, and may adjourn as needed, not to exceed seven calendar days from the date of the election. Written directions to the location of any room other than the clerks or general registrars office where the board will meet shall be posted at the doors of the clerks and general registrars offices prior to the beginning of the meeting.

    The board shall open the returns delivered by the officers.

    If the electoral board has exercised the option provided by � 24.2-668 for delivery of the election materials to the office of the general registrar on the night of the election, the electoral board shall meet at the office of the general registrar at or before 5:00 p.m. on the day after any election.

    The board shall ascertain from the returns the total votes in the county or city, or town in a town election, for each candidate and for and against each question and complete the abstract of votes cast at such election, as provided for in � 24.2-675. For any office in which no person was elected by write-in votes, and for which the total number of write-in votes for that office is less than (i) 10 percent of the total number of votes cast for that office and (ii) the total number of votes cast for the candidate receiving the most votes, the electoral board shall ascertain the total votes for each write-in candidate for the office within one week following the election. For offices for which the electoral board issues the certificate of election, the result so ascertained, signed and attested, shall be conclusive and shall not thereafter be subject to challenge except as specifically provided in Chapter 8 (� 24.2-800 et seq.) of this title.

    If any precinct in the locality has more than 25 absentee ballots cast by voters assigned to it, the abstract of votes shall also contain an accounting, by precinct, of the number of absentee ballots cast by voters assigned to each precinct in the locality. The State Board shall approve procedures for the counting of absentee ballots that allow such an accounting to be made.

    Once the result is so ascertained, the secretary of the electoral board shall deliver one copy of each statement of results to the general registrar to be available for inspection when his office is open for business. The secretary shall then return all pollbooks, any printed inspection and return sheets, and one copy of each statement of results to the clerk.

    Beginning with the general election in November 2007, a report of any changes made by the local electoral board to the unofficial results ascertained by the officers of election or any subsequent change to the official abstract of votes made by the local electoral board shall be forwarded to the State Board of Elections and the explanation of such change shall be posted on the State Board website.

    Each political party and each independent candidate on the ballot, or each primary candidate, shall be entitled to have representatives present when the local electoral board meets to ascertain the results of the election. Each such party and candidate shall be entitled to have at least as many representatives present as there are teams of officials working to ascertain the results, and the room in which the local electoral board meets shall be of sufficient size and configuration to allow the representatives reasonable access and proximity to view the ballots as the teams of officials work to ascertain the results. The representatives and observers lawfully present shall be prohibited from interfering with the officials in any way.

    Picture Name From Date Type
    Amanda E. Batten R-Richmond Sponsor
    Date Branch Action
    01/22/2020 House House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (5-Y 1-N)
    01/13/2020 House House: Assigned P & E sub: Gubernatorial Appointments
    01/07/2020 House House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102735D
    01/07/2020 House House: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
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