29A.08.350  <<  29A.08.355 >>   29A.08.357

Automatic registrationEnhanced driver's licenses and identicards. (Effective until September 1, 2023.)

The department of licensing shall implement an automatic voter registration system so that a person age eighteen years or older who meets requirements for voter registration and has received or is renewing an enhanced driver's license or identicard issued under RCW 46.20.202 or is changing the address for an existing enhanced driver's license or identicard pursuant to RCW 46.20.205 may be registered to vote or update voter registration information at the time of registration, renewal, or change of address, by automated process if the department of licensing record associated with the applicant contains the data required to determine whether the applicant meets requirements for voter registration under RCW 29A.08.010, other information as required by the secretary of state, and includes a signature image. The person must be informed that his or her record will be used for voter registration and offered an opportunity to decline to register.

NOTES:

Effective date2018 c 110 §§ 101-107: "Sections 101 through 107 of this act take effect July 1, 2019." [ 2018 c 110 § 208.]
Short title2018 c 110: "This act may be known and cited as the automatic voter registration act of 2018." [ 2018 c 110 § 1.]
FindingsIntent2018 c 110: "(1) The legislature finds that:
(a) The right to vote is enshrined as one of the greatest virtues of our democracy and that an engaged citizenry is essential at each level of government to ensure that all voices are heard; and
(b) State and local governments should take every step possible to make it easier to vote in Washington state and ensure that fundamental values of a true democracy with full participation remains one of our most important functions. Providing additional opportunities for people to register to vote and helping them make their own choices about who represents them in this democracy and about important issues that are central to their lives and communities are essential to upholding these values.
(2) Therefore, the legislature intends to increase the opportunity to register to vote for persons qualified under Article VI of the Washington state Constitution by expanding the streamlined voter registration process that will increase opportunities for voter registration without placing new undue burdens on government agencies." [ 2018 c 110 § 2.]

Automatic registration and automatic sign-up to registerEnhanced driver's licenses and identicards. (Effective September 1, 2023.)

(1) The department of licensing must allow a person age eighteen years or older to be registered to vote or update voter registration information by automated process at the time of registration, renewal, or change of address if:
(a) The person meets requirements for voter registration;
(b) The person has received or is renewing an enhanced driver's license or identicard issued under RCW 46.20.202 or is changing the address for an existing enhanced driver's license or identicard pursuant to RCW 46.20.205; and
(c) The department of licensing record associated with the applicant contains:
(i) The data required to determine whether the applicant meets requirements for voter registration under RCW 29A.08.010;
(ii) Other information as required by the secretary of state; and
(iii) A signature image.
(2) The department of licensing must allow a person sixteen or seventeen years of age to be signed up to register to vote by automated process at the time of registration, renewal, or change of address if:
(a) The person meets requirements to sign up to register to vote;
(b) The person has received or is renewing an enhanced driver's license or identicard issued under RCW 46.20.202 or is changing the address for an existing enhanced driver's license or identicard pursuant to RCW 46.20.205; and
(c) The department of licensing record associated with the applicant contains:
(i) The data required to determine whether the applicant meets the requirements for voter registration under RCW 29A.08.210, other than age;
(ii) Other information as required by the secretary of state; and
(iii) A signature image.
(3) The person must be informed that his or her record will be used for voter registration and offered an opportunity to decline to register.

NOTES:

Effective date2020 c 208 §§ 7, 8, 18, 20, and 21: "Sections 7, 8, 18, 20, and 21 of this act take effect September 1, 2023." [ 2020 c 208 § 25.]
Short titleFindings2020 c 208: See notes following RCW 29A.08.210.
Effective date2018 c 110 §§ 101-107: "Sections 101 through 107 of this act take effect July 1, 2019." [ 2018 c 110 § 208.]
Short title2018 c 110: "This act may be known and cited as the automatic voter registration act of 2018." [ 2018 c 110 § 1.]
FindingsIntent2018 c 110: "(1) The legislature finds that:
(a) The right to vote is enshrined as one of the greatest virtues of our democracy and that an engaged citizenry is essential at each level of government to ensure that all voices are heard; and
(b) State and local governments should take every step possible to make it easier to vote in Washington state and ensure that fundamental values of a true democracy with full participation remains one of our most important functions. Providing additional opportunities for people to register to vote and helping them make their own choices about who represents them in this democracy and about important issues that are central to their lives and communities are essential to upholding these values.
(2) Therefore, the legislature intends to increase the opportunity to register to vote for persons qualified under Article VI of the Washington state Constitution by expanding the streamlined voter registration process that will increase opportunities for voter registration without placing new undue burdens on government agencies." [ 2018 c 110 § 2.]
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