Mason County News
Same-Day Voter Registration
Fifteen states and the District of Columbia do it, and the governor signs the bill as expected, we’ll join the club here in the Evergreen State. If you’re otherwise qualified – U.S. citizen, 18 or over, Washington resident – you’ll be able to register and vote right up to the moment the polls close on election day. That shaves a week off the current rules for in-person registration. Representative Laurie Jinkins, a Tacoma Democrat, says she benefited from same-day registration as a college student in Wisconsin, the first state to adopt the practice. She talked about the experience meant so much to her Tuesday in a speech on the House floor in Olympia.
JINKINS: “Voting young is habit-forming, and it’s contagious. I have a ton of bad habits, but this is one really awesome habit and I am so happy I got it. I think this is a habit that we should want our young people to have.”
Same-day voter registration was part of the House majority’s Access to Democracy initiative this year. A sweeping Voter Rights Act, another bill in the package, also got a thumbs-up on Tuesday. In Olympia, I’m Dan Frizzell