We, the undersigned, recognize that the freedom to vote is our most fundamental right. We recognize that our democracy is at its strongest when all eligible voters can make their voice heard, no matter their race, skin color, country of origin, class, faith, gender, language, or ability. We recognize that in order to achieve this vision, we must continue to make our voting system less complicated and more accessible so every voter can participate.
Last year, Washington state passed the historic Access to Democracy package of legislation, making our voting system one of the most advanced, secure, and accessible in nation. But our work isn’t over — as a national leader for the freedom to vote, we need to keep moving forward to ensure our democracy is at its strongest. As voters and proud Washingtonians, we strongly support the following policies:
- Implementing the Access to Democracy bills fully and on time, including Automatic Voter Registration, Same Day Registration, Pre-Registration for 16 & 17 Year Olds, and the Washington Voting Rights Act
- Approving permanent paid postage for all election ballots
- Passing the Native American Voting Rights Act to increase ballot dropbox access on reservations and to ensure Native American voters can register using a tribal ID
- Restoring voting rights to eligible formerly incarcerated individuals currently serving probation
- Ending prison gerrymandering so our districts accurately reflect our communities
We call on our elected leaders to join us in creating the strongest possible democracy where every voice is heard and every vote is counted, no matter what.
The Washington Voting Justice Coalition