Make It Easier to Vote in WA

Official Daily Action for Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Thanks to our friends at Code Blue WA and the League of Women Voters for These Actions

Both houses of the Washington legislature are considering bills that would provide prepaid postage for ballots (HB 1209 / SB 5063), making last year's measures permanent and statewide. Many of us have heard stories of first-time or inconsistent voters who haven’t realized they needed a stamp in order to vote until too late. Other voters may not have the transportation and work flexibility to go to a post office during the day to buy one stamp, or they may not have the excess cash to buy an entire book of stamps.

Ballot postage is paid in King County but in other counties ballot postage was only provided on a one-time basis in 2018 by Governor Inslee. This year the legislature has the opportunity to make that practice permanent for the whole state.

ACTION: Ask Your State Legislators to Make Prepaid Ballot Postage Permanent Statewide in Washington

Find your one State Senator and two State House Representatives (and save them to your phone if you haven’t already—it will be a long session):

http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/

Suggested Script:

“My name is [NAME] and I am a constituent calling from [CITY or NEIGHBORHOOD]. I am calling to support Prepaid Postage for Ballots (HB 1209/SB 5063). This is especially important because of the precedent set in 2018. If voters were no longer provided prepaid postage it would cause confusion and lack of preparation. We know, we have residents who do not have a stamp readily available, especially at the last moment, and so could lose their opportunity to vote. Please carry on Washington’s great tradition and support Prepaid Postage for Ballots.”

More information:

http://participate.lwv.org/c/9163/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=13559&fbclid=IwAR3E1X9sYM9yHEz6Ejg0Y69YlDgfVEmoHBwqPkfHhUBoHbBgTQ_WOfjR6YA

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1209&Initiative=false&Year=2019

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5063&Initiative=false&Year=2019

WHILE YOUR LEGISLATOR IS ON THE PHONE:

Take a look at the following pending issues, pick one or more, and tell them you also support them to enhance democracy in Washington State:

HB 1379 / SB 5221 PAC to PAC disclosure. Eliminates a loophole that allows concealment of the true donors behind campaign ads. These companion bills would close that loophole by requiring that the top donors listed be the individuals, corporations or nonprofits that actually contributed.

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1379&Initiative=false&Year=2019&fbclid=IwAR2CopeNR1aEIA20Eg6FM79lcZS62XUD4OPlUvlmKwDSXzIcpnWcc6lU1EM

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5221&Year=2019&Initiative=false&fbclid=IwAR29W5tSmtAjch5UqihMU3c6-hFapXs06bo5aGzeb3eQVXWzrq4l1zS4foQ

SB 5076 Extend voter registration to persons on parole (community custody). Allows people who are on parole to register to vote as long as they are in compliance with the conditions of their parole.

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5076&Initiative=false&Year=2019&fbclid=IwAR2Tp2Fl0qe_uh3ld7EH4bS-kxVQKcrMwaI526iXjfUR3ZWw40pk3sFM63M

SB 5207 Notification of voting rights restoration. Requires that the Department of Corrections provide inmates with a felony conviction with information on how to restore their right to vote along with a voter registration form. Too often someone leaves the prison system believing that their right to vote has been taken away permanently.

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5207&Initiative=false&Year=2019&fbclid=IwAR1NWLZdH4BH8fFQ1Jlf1Pnv4fPeAm6yG3mfshU6ZCiMj3Dm9mZ6dQZOwHI

HB 1339 / SB 5079 Native American Voting Rights Act. Will enable mail-in ballots for those living on native lands but without a recognized street address.

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1339&Initiative=false&Year=2019&fbclid=IwAR3Bub0wNDzSjD0w8wjPhlSh4C9FEqxwSWdGAfQySPPyCXwbOSzJSbD5TwI

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5079&Initiative=false&Year=2019&fbclid=IwAR1KYXwT067jXVVR9o7DiqyIlsqYRWZX35RDPzZ2BmRk1efK6ELV_tz_nus

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REMINDER: No Resist Trump Tuesday Rally today (2nd & 4th Tuesdays only)

Due to Snow and Ice, Seattle Indivisible BiWeekly Meeting cancelled today

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SATURDAY: Solidarity City: The 1919 Seattle General Strike and 100 Years of Worker Power

Saturday, February 9, 2019

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Seattle Labor Temple 2800 1st Ave Seattle, WA 98121

Free

RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/laweventrsvp

Speakers will include:

• James Gregory, Professor, UW History

• Nicole Grant, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, MLK Jr. County Labor Council

• Dana Frank, historian, author of Purchasing Power: Consumer Organizing, Gender, and the Seattle Labor Movement, 1919-1929

• Cal Winslow, historian, author of Seattle General Strike: The Forgotten History of America's Greatest General Strike

• Jonathan Rosenblum, activist and author