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Published on Friday, March 11, 2016

Voting Rights Act fails to pass Legislature

The Voting Rights Act (VRA) once again failed to pass the Legislature. However, this was the fourth year a VRA bill has been introduced and it made it further in the process than ever before.

Under HB 1745, Rep. Luis Moscoso (D-Seattle), members of a protected class would be allowed to file an action against a local government demonstrating that their combined voting preferences as a group are different from the rest of the electorate, and that polarized voting exists. This action requires local governments to review their election processes and change their electoral system. This change includes, but is not limited to, implementing a district-based election system. If a local government does not change its election process, members of the protected class may file an action in a trial court.

In all likelihood this, or another version of the VRA, will be back in 2017. AWC has taken a neutral position on this legislation.

Categories: General government