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HB 1174 - Jail-based voting


Section 1

"Jail" means a county, city, or tribal jail located in Washington.

Section 2

  1. Each county auditor's office must designate one employee as the jail voting coordinator for the county.

  2. Each jail must designate one employee as the jail voting coordinator for the jail.

Section 3

  1. Each county auditor must create a jail voting plan for each jail within the county. The plan must be created in consultation with the jail voting coordinator at each jail and with the office of the secretary of state.

  2. The jail voting plan must include, at a minimum, details about how the jail will help people who are incarcerated to:

    1. Register to vote or update their voter registration information;

    2. Access proof of their identification or residency as may be necessary to register to vote;

    3. Access information about, and materials necessary for, eligibility for voting and voting rights restoration;

    4. Access information about candidates and other nonpartisan voter education materials, including the relevant voters' pamphlets;

    5. Access the necessary writing materials to fill out ballots; and

    6. Complete their ballots in secret.

  3. The jail voting plans must also include, at a minimum, details about how the jail will:

    1. Provide visible information regarding registering to vote and accessing a ballot for people who are incarcerated;

    2. Ensure that all people who are incarcerated are made aware of key dates for registering to vote and returning a ballot; and

    3. Accommodate people with disabilities to register to vote and fill out ballots.

Section 4

  1. Jails must provide people who are incarcerated with access to voter registration information, ballot-related information, and ballots in accordance with their jail voting plan developed under section 3 of this act. Ballots must be made accessible to registered voters starting at least 18 days before a primary or election.

  2. Jails must permit election officials from the county auditor's office and the secretary of state's office to enter the jail at least 30 days in advance of each primary and election in order to provide voter registration outreach and education to people who are incarcerated.

  3. Jails must provide information about, and materials necessary for, registering to vote to all people who are released from the jail's custody at the time of their release.

  4. Jails must document all voting-related requests and complaints made by people who are incarcerated.

  5. County auditors and jails must collect data related to voter registration and ballot return from people who are incarcerated.

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