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Published on Friday, January 29, 2016

Voting Rights Act bill is on the move

Back again, the Voting Rights Act, HB 1745, Rep. Luis Moscoso (D-Seattle), was introduced and is moving through the 2016 Legislature.

HB 1745 has been a legislative issue since 2012. Under the legislation, members of a protected class would be allowed to file an action against a local government demonstrating their combined voting preferences as a group are different from the rest of the electorate and that there is polarized voting. 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.

AWC has taken a neutral position on this legislation, acknowledging that cities have varying opinions about the proposal.

HB 1745 was passed to the Rules Committee on January 20 and has been placed on the second reading calendar.

Categories: General government