Washington's New Voter Registration Laws
Three new voter registration laws went into effect July 1, 2019. The LWVWA actively lobbied in support of all these bills, some for many years. Briefly they are:
- HB 1513 Preregistration, allows 16 and 17-year-olds to preregister to vote at any location where voter registration occurs or through electronic means.
- SB 6021 Same Day Voter Registration, allows a citizen to register to vote in-person any time before 8 PM on the day of an election. The deadline to register to vote online or by mail is eight days before an election day.
- HB 2595 Automatic Voter Registration (AVR), expands the number of registered voters by having state agencies, including the Department of Licensing and the Health Benefit Exchange, register those who have proven citizenship.
To read about other laws that the Washington State Legislature passed to promote citizen participation and increase transparency, go to MRSC (the Municipal Research and Services Center).