Democracy Lobby Day This Thursday, February 21!
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Democracy Lobby Day, which the League is co-sponsoring with Fix Democracy First, is this Thursday, February 21. If you can join us please register here to learn about critical democracy issues in Washington and how to effectively advocate with your legislator. We will set up meetings with your legislators as well as to help those who would like to testify in committee.
If you cannot join us in person, please consider being part of our Virtual Democracy Lobby Day. You can be part of this day by scheduling to send an email and/or call all three of your legislators on Thursday, February 21. We have drafted an email for you here, but we encourage you to customize the email as much as possible. You could discuss whichever of the below bills you feel most strongly about, or share a personal story describing why you care about this issue.
The biggest news this week is progress on two joint memorials encouraging Congress to call for a “limited” Constitutional Convention. We oppose both of these memorials because there is no way to guarantee that the convention would be limited to issues of free and fair elections. The League of Women Voters of the United States studied this issue very carefully and has adopted a position that a constitutional Convention should only be considered under very specific conditions. Because Congress has never adopted any rules about a constitutional convention, we believe that the risk of a “runaway convention” which would change other parts of our Constitution is simply too great.
HJM 4004 was heard this week and will be voted on by the House State Government & Tribal Relations Committee on February 19 at 1:30p.m. If one of your representatives is a member of the committee, please email or call them on February 18 and encourage them to vote "No" on moving this bill out of committee.
SJM 8002 is scheduled for a hearing in the State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections Committee on February 22 at 1:30p.m. If your Senator is a member of this committee, please email or call them before this hearing and express your opposition to the bill and encourage them not to vote this bill out of committee.
Action Alert! The Local Options Bill (HB 1722 / SB 5708) will create uniformity in state law by allowing jurisdictions across the state to adopt Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) and expand voter choice. Click here to contact your legislators and urge them to give voters the chance to use a better voting method if you have not already taken action.
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. HB 1722 is scheduled for public hearing in the House State Government and Tribal Relations Committee on February 20 at 1:30pm, and executive session on February 22 at 8:00am.
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:
The following bill is waiting for a vote on the House floor. Please contact your representatives, and request that they support this bill and vote to pass it out of the House and into the Senate:
The following bills are scheduled for executive session in the House State Government and Tribal Relations Committee on February 19 at 1:30pm. If one of your Representatives is a member of this committee, please contact her or him, and request that they support these bills and vote to pass them out of committee and onto the next committee.
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.
The League will be working on the following issues in this session:
SB 5287 will have a public hearing in the Senate State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections Committee on February 20 at 8:00am. If your Senator is on this committee, please urge them to support this bill.