The Washington Voting Rights Act (WVRA) improves our local elections process and promotes justice by giving every voter a fair chance to elect leaders of their choice
The bill has been made even stronger with an amendment that will reduce the delay in proposing a remedy and will require local jurisdictions to provide data and analysis in developing its proposed remedy. We have learned that legislators are being pressured to remove this improvement.
We see in Yakima how switching to a fairer voting system leads to greater representation, voter engagement and more diverse voices at the decision-making table. But that change in Yakima came only after 3-year federal court battle and the cost of millions of dollars to local taxpayers.
Or the city of Pasco acknowledged that it’s at-large system was unfair, but was only allowed to change it after being successfully sued in federal court.
The Washington Voting Rights Act gives local governments the tools they need to fix their voting systems to strengthen our democracy.
Take action now! Write your representatives and urge them to pass the Washington Voting Rights Act as amended by the committee!