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House passes Van De Wege ballot bill for second time

January 28th, 2014 - 5:42am

(Olympia) 24th District Representative Kevin Van De Wege sponsored one of the bills in package of voter's rights legislation passed out of the state House yesterday.

Van De Wege's House Bill 1103 requires the secretary of state to work with county auditors in developing a uniform ballot format for use in each of the state's counties by 2022. Counties could opt to replace vote-tallying equipment, if in so doing the counties can more quickly meet the new uniform-ballot requirement.

Van De Wege says its the same bill the house passed last year, but it died in the Senate.

Right now, only 10 of the 39 Washington counties have voting systems that require the voter to mark the ballot by filling in an oval. Counties are working with vendors on bids to redesign their current systems in order to read ovals.

Van De Wege's bill was one of five elections-related bills passed in the house yesterday.

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