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Washington’s New Voting Rights Restoration Law

December 2021 Bar Bulletin

By Jaime Hawk

As voter suppression efforts are underway in many states across the country, Washington has instead expanded voting rights. Governor Inslee signed HB 1078 into law this spring to restore voting rights for Washingtonians on community custody for a felony conviction. HB 1078 made Washington the 21st state to restore automatically the right to vote to all citizens immediately upon release from prison. The new law goes into effect at the start of 2022. 

Approximately 20,000 Washingtonians currently on community custody with the Department of Corrections (DOC) will soon have their voting rights restored and be able to register to vote and participate in our...

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