2/9/17 Federation members have embraced several bills this session upholding American values of fairness including the right to vote. It’s about good citizenship.
That was the case Wednesday when a Seattle Local 304 member urged a House committee to enact HB 1800, the Washington Voting Rights Act.
Local democracy works best when everyone is engaged and has an opportunity to have their voice heard, Seattle College member Orson Williamson told the House State Government, Elections and IT Committee Feb. 8.
Williamson carried that message there on behalf of all Federation members.
The federal voting rights act has done much, but more needs to be done in this state, he said.
HB 1800 would fix discriminatory election systems and promote stronger local elections by giving every voter a fair chance to elect leaders of their choice, he said.
“Across our state, discriminatory local election systems are undermining representation and leaving many communities marginalized in our democracy,” Williamson told the panel.
“Our local election systems have failed to keep up with the changing demographics of our communities and we need HB 1800 to ensure that all communities have a fair chance at representation.”