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By LaVendrick Smith
WNPA Olympia News Bureau 

Washington's Voting Rights Act seen as cautiously hopeful

 

After four unsuccessful attempts by lawmakers in past sessions, sponsors of a state Voting Rights Act remain optimistic about action this year.

An amended version of House Bill 1745 to enact a state Voting Rights Act passed out of the Senate's Committee on Government Operations & Security Feb. 2, and is awaiting a possible floor vote in the Senate. The bill cleared the House on a party-line 50-47 vote Feb. 4.

"This is about making sure that all of our citizens have an electoral system that respects their vote and helps them to elect people from their communities that they choose," said Rep. Luis Moscoso, D-Mountlake Terrace.

Moscoso and the House have tried for years, unsuccessfully,...



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