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2018 House Bill 2595: Concerning procedures in order to automatically register citizens to vote
Introduced by Rep. Zack Hudgins (Tukwila) (D) on January 10, 2018
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Referred to the House State Government, Elections & Information Technology Committee on January 10, 2018
Substitute offered in the House on January 30, 2018
Provides for an automatic voter registration (AVR) procedure for Enhanced Drivers' License and Identicard applicants.
Referred to the House Transportation Committee on February 2, 2018
Amendment offered by Rep. Mark Harmsworth (Mill Creek) (R) on February 12, 2018
Requires the Department of Licensing to notify the Secretary of State's Office, and the county auditor, each time an enhanced driver's license (EDL) is canceled due to incorrect information submitted by the applicant that was transferred to the Secretary of State under the automatic voter registration (AVR) process created in this act.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on February 12, 2018
Amendment offered by Rep. Zack Hudgins (Tukwila) (D) on February 12, 2018
Provides that the automatic voter registration process for enhanced drivers licenses is triggered when the license is issued or when a person is renewing a license. Prohibits the Department of Licensing from sharing with federal or state agencies data files used to certify voters under the AVR process.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on February 12, 2018
Amendment offered by Rep. Morgan Irwin (Enumclaw) (R) on February 12, 2018
Requires the Secretary of State to investigate and report annually to the legislature, and issue a press release on the number of EDL licensees with canceled licenses that are ineligible to vote, but who became registered through the automatic voter registration process in this act, and cast a vote in an election..
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 12, 2018
Amendment offered by Rep. Morgan Irwin (Enumclaw) (R) on February 12, 2018
Requires the department of licensing and the health benefit exchange to conduct annual reviews of its applicant information collection processes to identify any offices or staff positions that exhibit higher rates transferring incomplete or incorrect information to the secretary of state through the voter registration processes created in this act. The new section shall take effect July 1, 2019.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 12, 2018
Amendment offered by Rep. Morgan Irwin (Enumclaw) (R) on February 12, 2018
Allows county auditors to retain one dollar of the five dollar non-title transaction service fee when collected at county auditor offices in order to implement workloads resulting from an automatic voter registration program.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 12, 2018
Amendment offered by Rep. Drew Stokesbary (Auburn) (R) on February 12, 2018
States the Legislature's intent for the Department of Licensing to request funding from the general fund to implement and maintain an automatic voter registration system.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 12, 2018
Received in the Senate on February 15, 2018
Referred to the Senate State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections Committee on February 15, 2018
Referred to the Senate Transportation Committee on February 20, 2018
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on February 26, 2018
Amendment offered by Sen. Sam Hunt (Olympia) (D) on February 28, 2018
Floor striker to provide for an automatic voter registration procedure for enhanced driver's license and identicard applicants. ? Requires that the Health Benefit Exchange (HBE) automatically provide voter registration information to the Secretary of State (SOS) for persons who consent to such transfer..
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 28, 2018
Amendment offered by Sen. Phil Fortunato (Auburn) (R) on February 28, 2018
Requires each issuing authority to offer automatic voter registration to applicants for concealed pistol licenses.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 28, 2018
Amendment offered by Sen. Sam Hunt (Olympia) (D) on February 28, 2018
(1) Clarifies that a person automatically registered to vote at the Department of Licensing who must respond to a verification notice is not placed on the list of registered voters until the application is complete. (2) Clarifies that the Health Benefit Exchange does not need to implement automatic voter registration. (3) Exempts DSHS from the requirement to offer automatic voter registration where the client has been previously offered the opportunity at any agency designated by the Governor.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 28, 2018
Amendment offered by Sen. Mark Miloscia (Algona) (R) on February 28, 2018
(1) Removes presumption that a person who is ineligible to vote but becomes automatically registered to vote or votes after being automatically registered to vote did so without fault if the violation was not knowing. (2) Requires the secretary of state and affected agency to jointly investigate automatic registration of ineligible voters, complete a report, and submit it to the Governor and Legislature.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 28, 2018
Amendment offered by Sen. Mark Miloscia (Algona) (R) on February 28, 2018
Restores disclosure of the month and day of a registered voter's birth.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 28, 2018
Amendment offered by Sen. Hans Zeiger (Puyallup) (R) on February 28, 2018
(1) Removes automatic voter registration at the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Military Department, the business professions division of the Department of Licensing (DOL), and social services agencies. (2) Removes automatic transfer of voter registration information from the Health Benefit Exchange to the Secretary of State for clients who opt in. (3) Requires DOL to transmit citizenship information to the Secretary of State for applicants who wish to be registered to vote automatically. (4) Removes requirement for the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Military Department, the business professions division of the Department of Licensing (DOL), and social services agencies to transfer information of past clients to the Secretary of State for automatic voter registration purposes. (5) Restores disclosure of the month and day of a registered voter's birth.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 28, 2018
Received in the House on March 3, 2018
Failed by voice vote in the House on March 3, 2018
Received in the Senate on March 6, 2018
Amendment offered by Sen. Sam Hunt (Olympia) (D) on March 6, 2018
EFFECT: (1) Requires automatic voter registration services to be offered with applications to change the address on an existing enhanced driver's license or identicard. (2) Requires a response to a verification notice within 45 days for an application to be completed. (3) Removes requirement that the Department of Licensing (DOL) determine that applicants meet constitutional voter eligibility requirements. (4) Clarifies that a person automatically registered to vote at DOL who must respond to a verification notice is not placed on the list of registered voters until the application is complete. (5) Removes limitations on use of information verifying identity by the Health Benefit Exchange (HBE). (6) Removes requirement that the HBE complete a study on the feasibility of offering automatic voter registration services. (7) Requires that HBE report on barriers to implementation of electronic voter registration information transfer by December 1, 2018. (8) Requires certain social services agencies to offer automatic voter registration services if directed by the Governor, following a report on possible implementation. (9) Requires the Secretary of State and affected agency to jointly determine the cause of the automatic registration of an ineligible voter, and removes exemptions from disclosure of materials used to make the determination. (10) Allows voters to change addresses of existing registrations automatically at authorized social services agencies. (11) Removes study of automatic voter registration at birth and of recently naturalized citizens. (12) Modifies effective dates. (13) Removes null-and-void clause. (14) Authorizes the Secretary of State to adopt rules to implement automatic voter registration..
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 6, 2018
Amendment offered by Sen. Phil Fortunato (Auburn) (R) on March 6, 2018
Requires each issuing authority to offer automatic voter registration to applicants for concealed pistol licenses.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on March 6, 2018
Received in the House on March 7, 2018
Signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on March 19, 2018

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