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2013 House Bill 1279: Allowing motor voter preregistration for sixteen and seventeen year olds
  1. Introduced by Rep. Steve Bergquist (Renton) (D) on January 22, 2013, modifies current law to allow sixteen and seventeen year-olds to pre-register to vote when acquiring, replacing or renewing their driver’s license. The information provided in pre-registration applications is exempt from disclosure requirements in current public records law. (See also SB 5270).
    • Referred to the House Government Operations & Elections Committee on January 22, 2013.
    • Referred to the House Rules Committee on February 14, 2013.
      • Amendment offered by Rep. Vincent Buys (Lynden) (R) on March 7, 2013, changes the effective date from 90 days after session in which the bill is passed to January 1, 2014. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 7, 2013.
      • Amendment offered by Rep. Vincent Buys (Lynden) (R) on March 7, 2013, requires the Secretary of State, in consultation with the county auditors and the director of the Department of Licensing, to adopt rules for voter preregistration. Sets the effective date 90 days after the session in which the bill is passed or 31 days after the rule is filed with the Office of the Code Reviser, whichever is later.. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 7, 2013.
      • Amendment offered by Rep. Vincent Buys (Lynden) (R) on March 7, 2013, requires the county auditor to send a confirmation notice to persons who have preregistered to vote 90 days before they are eligible to be registered as a voter in the statewide voter registration database. Registrants must respond with a signed declaration and the signature on the declaration must match the signature on the preregistration application in order to be included as a voter in the statewide voter registration database. Allows the parent or guardian of a registrant serving in the military to sign and return the declaration indicating the current legal address of the registrant. Requires that the confirmation notice include information on how a military voter may obtain, vote, and return a ballot to the county auditor, as well as applicable web sites for information and downloading a ballot. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 7, 2013.
  2. Passed 55 to 42 in the House on March 7, 2013, allows 16- and 17-year-olds to preregister to vote when applying for a driver's license or identicard.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on March 11, 2013.
    • Referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee on March 11, 2013.
  4. Received in the House on January 13, 2014.
    • Referred to the House Government Operations & Elections Committee on January 13, 2014.
      • Substitute offered in the House on January 21, 2014, establishes the young voter registration equality act. Allows eligible youth at least sixteen years of age to preregister to vote. Exempts from public inspection and copying under the public records act, information contained in voter preregistration records.
    • Referred to the House Rules Committee on January 24, 2014.
      • Amendment offered by Rep. Sam Hunt (Olympia) (D) on January 27, 2014, conforms the bill to be consistent with changes made to statute in 2013. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on January 27, 2014.
      • Amendment offered by Rep. David Taylor (Moxee) (R) on January 27, 2014, requires applicants for voter registration who are under age 18 to provide specified documentation proving United States citizenship. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on January 27, 2014.
      • Amendment offered by Rep. David Taylor (Moxee) (R) on January 27, 2014, requires that a preregistrant's registration not be entered into the statewide registration database until he or she is eligible to vote; 2) Requires the registrant to respond to the confirmation notice with a signed declaration submitted under penalty of perjury stating the address of the current legal residence of the registrant; 3) Requires that the signature on the declaration be verified against the signature on the registration application; 4) Prohibits a ballot from being sent to a registrant who fails to respond to the confirmation notice or whose signature cannot be verified, unless the registrant has registered as a military voter; and 5) Authorizes the issuance of a ballot if the registrant provides acceptable verification. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on January 27, 2014.
  5. Passed 54 to 42 in the House on January 27, 2014, allows 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote when applying for a driver's license or identicard.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  6. Received in the Senate on January 28, 2014.
    • Referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee on January 28, 2014.

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