The bills are intended to improve participation and representation in the Washington State elections. Inslee signed House Bill 2595 (automatic voter registration), House Bill 1513 (youth voter pre-registration), House Bill 2406 (improved election security and auditing) and other bills at Foster High School. House Bill 2595 changes to state law so that when citizens obtain enhanced drivers’ licenses or identification cards, they are automatically registered to vote. Eligible voters will be registered by default unless they request not to be registered. According to a summary of the bills in a press release by the Washington House Democrats, automatic voter registration boosts the number of registered voters and produces better turnout in elections. According to the release, nine states have already adopted automatic voter registration. “I firmly believe you get better government when you have better participation. We should remove hurdles to the process. Nothing will change the requirements for voting. You still have to be 18 years old, a resident of Washington, and a U.S. citizen. This bill makes voter registration easier and up to date with modern technology,” Rep. Zack Hudgins, chair of the House State Government, Elections & Information Technology committee, said in the press release.
All of us at the Tukwila School District are proud to be a part of this historic moment!