OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington State House has passed a measure to extend the online deadline for registering to vote from 29 days to 11 days before an election.
The bill passed in the House Thursday.
In the original version of the bill, it would have allowed same-day in-person voter registration, but bill supporters said election officials told them that would be too difficult. Instead, in-person registration would be allowed up to 11 days before an election instead of the current eight days. Democratic Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon of Burien says granting more than two additional weeks for online registration outweighs losing three days for in-person registration. The bill would also allow county auditors to designate a separate location for in-person registration. The measure goes to the Senate next.