Earlier this week, Washington’s Governor Jay Inslee signed four bills to increase access to the ballot. These bills bring Automatic Voter Registration, pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-olds, same-day registration, and the WA Voting Rights Act to Washington, making it only the second state after California to have all four of these reforms in place.

The bills were signed at Foster High School in Tukwila. Following a lively Q&A where public officials answered questions from students (many of whom were newly registered voters), over 500 people gathered to witness this historic signing. Alissa Haslam, Executive Director, and Cara Bilodeau, Associate Director of the Win/Win Network (the State Voices Table in Washington) were on hand to celebrate with a number of community partners from the WA Voting Justice Coalition. This coalition had been working together for the last two years to make these victories possible.

Alissa and Cara report that they have never seen so many people attend a bill signing. They shared these pictures from the event.

The panel at Foster High School
Guillermo Rogel, the Executive Director of WA Student Association and member of the Washington Voting Justice Coalition
The bill signing