We had a major success in campaign finance transparency this week with the passage of HB 1379, regarding disclosure of contribution from political committees to other political committees. Because it was amended in the Senate it will now need to return to the House for concurrence with the amended version.
Most of the bills that we work on regarding elections are supported by a number of allies. This bill regarding campaign finance is one that LWVWA has been supporting for years, and until recently we were the only major advocacy group working on campaign-finance reform. For the last two sessions we have been working closely with Fix Democracy First on these issues, and our groups have now formed a Campaign Finance Coalition. If you would like to get involved in the work of this coalition please reach out to Kathy Sakahara, contact info above.
HB 1722 / SB 5708 The Local Options Bill will create uniformity in state law by permitting jurisdictions across the state to adopt Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) and expand voter choice. SB 5708 was not passed out of the Senate State Government, Tribal Relations and Elections Committee. HB 1722 was voted out of the House State Government and Tribal Relations Committee, but it failed to leave the House Appropriations Committee. No further legislative action will be taken on the Local Options Bill this year.
You can read more about the League’s position on this issue by reading our study here.
The League will work with legislators during the 2019 legislative session to improve election security by supporting:
HB 1545, regarding ballot processing daily records of when and how voters are contacted to cure a mismatched or missing signature on their ballot, has passed out of the House and Senate and is awaiting signature from Governor Inslee. Thank you for your support of this bill!
HB 1820 Extends the retention period for the storage of election material, requiring elections with non-federal contests and federal contests to retain materials for at least 24 months. Electronic records would need to be kept for at least 5 years. Increasing the retention period allows for detection and recovery should an error or interference occur during an election.
HB 1821 Requiring standardized postelection audit reports. County auditors would need to include information such as the races audited, any discrepancies found, and the voting systems audited. Uniform reporting of audit results would allow for increased public confidence in election outcomes and election security statewide.
HB 1822 Enhancing election data by improving statewide election data collection and reporting standards.
HB 1823 Relating to the disclosure of electronic ballot images. Transparent elections are necessary for public trust and confidence in election outcomes. Allowing the public to inspect electronic ballot image files that are created when voted ballots are scanned during tabulation allows for greater public observation and participation in post-election audits.
HB 2111 Concerning enhancing cybersecurity by eliminating the return of ballots by fax and email. This act addresses cybersecurity attacks and reduces vulnerability and the risk of election tampering. This is accomplished by eliminating email and fax submission of ballots.
The League will be working on the following issues in this session:
Census Action — Less than one year before the 2020 Census
Take action for the Census! Here are some possible actions you can take:
2SSB 5287 passed the Senate, and the House. It now goes back to the Senate to concur with changes in the House version. We anticipate that the Senate will concur and the bill will be sent to the Governor. Please encourage Governor Inslee to sign the bill.