Official Daily Action for Wednesday April 10, 2019
We are just a week away from the end of the Washington State Legislative Session, so this week we're focusing on some progressive state bills that need a little extra push to get over the finish line.
Today we'll focus on bills relating to voting and democracy, something that is at the core of what it means to be American. These bills will make it easier for more Washingtonians to vote. There were three bills to push, but one of them passed yesterday! Today we'll call on the other two.
SB 5078: Presidential Tax Returns
Requires Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates to release 10 years of tax returns to be on the Washington State Ballot. This has passed the Senate, the Governor and AG support it, but it's stuck in committee in the House.
SSB 5063: Prepaid Ballot Postage
We already have postage-paid ballots in King County. This would provide them to all voters in the state. It lowers the barriers to voting for low-income people and younger people who often don't keep stamps on hand. This one has also passed the Senate, but is stuck in committee in the House.
PASSED! SB 5207: Notification of felony voting rights restoration
In Washington State, voting rights are restored to people who have served their time for committing felonies. This bill requires that they be notified of that fact, and given information on the steps they need to take to restore their voting rights, when they're released from prison.
Call the Washington State Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000 (TTY for Hearing Impaired 800.833.6388. They will ask for your address, and leave a message for your state senator and legislators.
"Hello. I'm [name] from [city]. I'm calling in favor of SB 5078 (Requiring Presidential Tax Returns) and SSB 5063 (Prepaid Ballot Postage). I want both bills brought out of committee and up for a vote on the House floor, to help strengthen democracy in Washington State."