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2021 House Bill 1078: Restoring voter eligibility for all persons convicted of a felony offense who are not in total confinement under the jurisdiction of the department of corrections
Introduced by Rep. Tarrra Simmons (Kitsap County) (D) on January 11, 2021
Replaces the two-step approach of provisional and permanent restoration of a person's voting rights after a felony conviction with a process where voting rights are automatically restored for a person convicted of a felony when he or she is not serving a sentence of total confinement under the jurisdiction of the Department of Corrections (DOC)..   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House State Government & Tribal Relations Committee on January 11, 2021
Substitute offered in the House on January 21, 2021
The definition of "total confinement" as used in the elections code is modified to specify that a sentence of total confinement does not include confinement imposed as a sanction for a community custody violation. The requirement that all persons convicted of a felony reregister to vote is removed, and only persons convicted of a felony offense and who are sentenced to a term of total confinement under the jurisdiction of the DOC must reregister to vote once their voting rights are restored.
Referred to the House Rules Committee on February 17, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Jenny Graham (Spokane) (R) on February 24, 2021
Modifies the definition of "total confinement" to 22 include community custody required to be imposed by a court for 23 individuals who are convicted of a serious violent offense and sentenced to the custody of the Department of Corrections.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 24, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Jenny Graham (Spokane) (R) on February 24, 2021
Modifies the definition of "total confinement" to include community custody imposed as a condition of sentence for a sex offense as defined under the sentencing reform act.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 24, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Jenny Graham (Spokane) (R) on February 24, 2021
Includes a referendum clause to submit the bill to a vote of the people..
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 24, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Tarrra Simmons (Kitsap County) (D) on February 24, 2021
Removes language added to the voter registration oath that requires registrants to declare that they have not been judicially declared mentally incompetent, and instead restores language under current law that requires a person to declare that they are not disqualified from voting due to a court order. Changes the effective date of the act to January 1, 2022, and makes conforming changes by removing provisions that allow counties to use existing printed election material for elections in 2021 if an insert is included with the ballot explaining the changes under the bill.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on February 24, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Mike Volz (Spokane) (R) on February 24, 2021
Delays the effective date under the amendment from January 1, 2022, to July 1, 2022.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 24, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Jim Walsh (Aberdeen) (R) on February 24, 2021
Restores provisions in current law, except for references to "provisional" voting rights, authorizing the court to revoke the restoration of a person's voting rights when it findsthat the person willfully failed to comply with a court order to pay legal financial obligations (LFO), until that person shows a good faith effort to pay.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 24, 2021
Received in the Senate on March 2, 2021
Referred to the Senate State Government & Elections Committee on March 2, 2021
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on March 15, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Phil Fortunato (Auburn) (R) on March 24, 2021
Clarifies the title description to read, "AN ACT Relating to allowing convicted felons to vote before they have finished the terms of their sentences.".
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on March 24, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Jeff Holy (Cheney) (R) on March 24, 2021
Prohibits persons on community custody for a violent offense or serious violent offense against a judge, sheriff, prosecutor, or law enforcement officer from being registered to vote before release from custody.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on March 24, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Mike Padden (Spokane Valley) (R) on March 24, 2021
Prohibits persons on community custody for a serious violent offense from being registered to vote before release from custody.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on March 24, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Shelly Short (Addy) (R) on March 24, 2021
Prohibits persons on community custody for a sex offense upon a child from being registered to vote before release from custody.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on March 24, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Shelly Short (Addy) (R) on March 24, 2021
Prohibits persons on community custody for a sex offense from being registered to vote before release from custody.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on March 24, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Keith Wagoner (Sedro-Woolley) (R) on March 24, 2021
Prohibits persons on community custody for a hate crime offense involving the unlawful possession of a firearm from being registered to vote before release from custody.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on March 24, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Keith Wagoner (Sedro-Woolley) (R) on March 24, 2021
Prohibits persons on community custody for an offense involving the unlawful possession of a firearm from being registered to vote before release from custody.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on March 24, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Judy Warnick (Grant) (R) on March 24, 2021
Prohibits persons in confinement as a sanction for a community custody violation from being registered to vote.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on March 24, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Lynda Wilson (Clark County) (R) on March 24, 2021
Adds a referendum clause to the bill.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on March 24, 2021
Signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on April 7, 2021

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