January 18, 2018 | Seattle Weekly
By Melissa Hellman

Introduced last week, the automatic voter registration measure would register U.S. citizens to vote when they apply for or renew an enhanced driver’s license if they are 18 years old or older.

“It’s largely turning things from an opt-in to an opt-out system,” said the bill’s sponsor, Democratic State Representative Zack Hudgins. Social service agencies that collect personal information—-such as the Washington Health Benefit Exchange and the Department of Social and Health Services—-would also automatically register its clients.

“We want to increase the number of people that are registering to vote. We want to break down the hurdles and the barriers of registration,” Hudgins said.

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