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By Kylee Zabel
WNPA Olympia News Bureau 

Bill could allow teens voter preregistration


Executive action was taken on a bill that would allow teens 16 and 17 to preregister to vote while applying for their driver’s license at the Department of Licensing (DOL).

The proposed legislation passed out of committee on a 6-5 vote. House Bill 1279, termed the Young Voter Registration Equality Act, would help engage high school students and soon-to-be adults in the political process declared prime-sponsor Rep. Steve Bergquist (D-11th District, Renton). It would also increase accessibility to voter registration, he stated. “It’s important to have voter access opportunities,” said Bergquist.

But Rep. Vincent Buys (R-42nd District, Lynden) claimed that the bill is not a matter of...

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