Democratic State Rep. Luis Moscoso has introduced a new version of the Washington Voting Rights Act. Moscoso introduced the bill Thursday, Jan. 28. It is scheduled for a hearing Thursday, Feb. 5, before the House committee on state government. It would empower local governments to tailor solutions to systemic electoral issues, which, he said, ensure fairness in local elections and a voice for all communities.
It is aimed at helping minority groups have their voices heard. It allows people who are part of one of those groups to sue to create a change in the way they are represented in a city, town, county, school district, public utility district, fire district or special-purpose district.
“The most fundamental principle of American democracy is that elections should be free, fair and accessible to all,” Moscoso said Thursday. “Regardless of whether individual candidates win or lose, we must ensure that every community in our state has an opportunity to have their voices heard in the electoral process. The Washington Voting Rights Act is a fair and reasonable solution.”