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By Emma Epperly
WNPA Olympia News Bureau 

Felon voting rights bill signed by Inslee


April 24, 2019

Legislation focused on streamlining the process and notification requirements to felons of their voting rights and the restoration of those rights was signed by Governor Jay Inslee last Wednesday.

Senate Bill 5207 was sponsored by Law and Justice Commission Vice Chairwoman Senator Manka Dhingra, D-Redmond.

The legislation does not change current felon voting rights, but “makes sure that a current law actually is implemented in the manner that we all wanted it to be implemented when felons get their voter rights back,” said Dhingra in her Feb. 25 floor speech.

It’s not enough to simply notify individuals that their voting rights are restored, Dhingra said, noting her measure will g...

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