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New Virginia Majority Supports Voting Rights Bills Advancing Through the General Assembly

New Virginia Majority
January 29, 2020

Richmond, VA - New Virginia Majority (NVM) has been fighting for the right of all Virginians to be able to vote, and this week Virginia is taking several steps to lead the way on the expansion of voting rights. 

Expanding Absentee Voting Access

  • No-excuse absentee voting (SB111, HB1)
  • Extending timeline for mailed-in absentee ballots to be counted (HB238)
  • Allowing voters to vote absentee by mail permanently (HB207)
  • Allowing individuals in pre-trial detention to vote absentee by mail (HB872)

Modernizing Voter Registration

  • Automatic voter registration (SB219, HB207)
  • Same-day voter registration (HB201)

Voting Rights

  • Establishing state preclearance requirements to protect voting rights (HB761)
  • Amending strict photo ID requirement to include other non-photo options (SB65)

“While there are more steps in the legislative process, we are heartened that these bills are advancing through the General Assembly. These proposals modernize voting in Virginia to make sure everyone who is eligible, gets a chance to make their voices heard at the ballot box,” said NVM co-executive director Tram Nguyen.

“Our democracy is strongest when all of us can participate. When we have a meaningful say in who our elected officials are, and when we have a voice in the decisions that impact our lives, we ensure a government truly representative of the people.” 

For more than a decade NVM has worked to expand the electorate to be more representative of our state -- where all voices can be heard. These bills are a critical first step in the transformation of our democracy to a more inclusive and just one.

To speak with our co-executive director Tram Nguyen or our policy director Kenneth Gilliam about expanding voter rights, contact Debra Freeman.


New Virginia Majority builds power in working-class communities of color, in immigrant communities, among LGBTQ people, women, youth, and progressives across the Commonwealth. We organize for racial and economic justice through large-scale political education, mobilization, and advocacy around dozens of issues. We fight for a Virginia that is just, democratic, and environmentally sustainable. For more information, visit our website.