Voting bills for youth, same-day registration get hearing

Staff writerJanuary 12, 2012 

A bill allowing youth 16 years and older to preregister to vote got a hearing in the House Committee on State Government and Tribal Affairs this morning.

House Bill 2205 would permit youth meeting other voter registration requirements to register, but would keep them out of the statewide voter registration database until the age of 18.

The committee also had a hearing on House Bill 2204, which would allow same-day registration for voters.

Rep. Sam Hunt, D-Olympia, the committee chair and a sponsor of both bills, said he expects 2205 and 2204 to pass out of committee.

“Voting is a very basic priority, and we should do everything we can to allow people to vote,” Hunt said.

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