Thank you to all who took action on HB 1517! This important measure will automatically restore the right to vote to citizens who were entangled with the criminal justice system.
Governor Chris Gregoire signed the bill into law on Monday, May 4, 2009. The new law will reform Washington’s convoluted and unfair system for restoring voting rights.
Washington now becomes the 20th state in the last decade to ease voting restrictions for people with criminal histories who are living, working and raising families in the community. Our victory is part of a nationwide movement to assure that our democracy reflects the voices of American citizens.
Let freedom ring.
Please contact my office if you, a friend or family member are charged with a crime. Hiring an effective and competent defense attorney is the first and best step toward justice.