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2009 Senate Bill 5727: Prohibiting false voting information
  1. Introduced by Sen. Joe McDermott, (D-Seattle) (D) on January 29, 2009, makes the providing of false information to a voter regarding the date of election, ballot mailing deadlines, or other voting information within fifteen days preceding an election a gross misdemeanor.   Full Text and Analysis.
    • Referred to the Senate Government Operations and Elections Committee on January 29, 2009.
      • Substitute offered in the Senate on February 23, 2009, to add a provision addressing knowingly providing false information regarding any voter registration requirement and removes the requirement that a person show actual damages. The substitute states that upon receipt of false information by any person, damages are presumed and do not need to be proven.
        1. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 23, 2009.
    • Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on February 23, 2009.
    1. Passed 42 to 0 in the Senate on March 7, 2009.
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  2. Received in the House on March 10, 2009.
    • Referred to the House State Government & Tribal Affairs Committee on March 10, 2009.
      • Amendment offered in the House on March 26, 2009, to make technical corrections to indicate that a person is guilty of a gross misdemeanor if he or she provides false information regarding voter registration requirements or provides other false information regarding the date of an election, poll site information, etc; and to indicate that a person injured by a violation of the "section" rather than "chapter" may bring a civil action.