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§ 24.2-705.1 Late applications and in-person absentee voting for business and medical emergencies

Overview of Statute

This section allows late absentee ballot applications and in-person absentee voting for business and medical emergencies. Details provided in this section.

Statute

Any person registered and otherwise qualified to vote who becomes obligated after 12:00 noon on the Saturday before an election to be absent from his county or city on election day for a purpose pertaining to (i) his business, profession, or occupation, (ii) the hospitalization of the applicant or a member of his immediate family, or (iii) the death of a member of his immediate family, may apply for an absentee ballot and vote absentee in person pursuant to this section and subject to the following conditions:

1. The applicant applies in person for an absentee ballot on the Monday immediately preceding the election, before 2:00 p.m., at the principal office of the registrar; and

2. The applicant signs a statement, which shall be deemed part of his absentee ballot application and subject to felony penalties for making false statements pursuant to § 24.2-1016, that he is required to leave the county or city before the opening of the polls on election day for a purpose pertaining to (i) his business, profession or occupation, (ii) the hospitalization of the applicant or a member of his immediate family, or (iii) the death of a member of his immediate family, and that he did not have notice or knowledge of such required travel prior to 12:00 noon on the immediately preceding Saturday. “Immediate family” means the children including adopted children, grandchildren, grandparents, parents, legal guardian, siblings, whether of the whole or half blood, and spouse of the applicant.

“Hospitalization” refers to confinement in a hospital as defined in § 32.1-123 or 37.2-100 and any comparable hospital in the District of Columbia or any state contiguous to Virginia.

1997, c. 464; 2001, c. 622; 2008, c. 880; 2010, c. 539.

Definition [State]

A state of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, or any territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.

See § 24.2-452.

Definition [Person]

Any individual or corporation, partnership, business, labor organization, membership organization, association, cooperative, or other like entity.

For the purpose of applying the filing and reporting requirements of this chapter, the term “person” shall not include an organization holding tax-exempt status under § 501(c) (3), 501(c) (4), or 501(c) (6) of the United States Internal Revenue Code which, in providing information to voters, does not advocate or endorse the election or defeat of a particular candidate, group of candidates, or the candidates of a particular political party.

See § 24.2-945.1.

Definition [Election]

A general, primary, or special election.

See § 24.2-101.