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I encourage voters across the state to contact their state senators and representatives to bring the Washington Voting Rights Act to a vote within the new session’s first two weeks. At 60 days, the session is very short. Bills not brought to the floor early often get left behind. The WVRA should not be one of those.

WVRA has a partisan history but addresses nonpartisan concerns, ensuring that each person’s vote has equal power. Our towns, cities and counties are stronger when our voters select representatives connected to their districts. Washington does a capable job of providing access to the ballot. But respecting the vote also requires that we ensure that the vote reflects all the people in the community. That is what this bill does, ensuring that all voices in the community can participate in meaningful civic dialogue.

This makes civic and fiscal sense. It saves communities money by setting up a means of resolving issues without the expenses of lawsuits. It fairly and honestly connects voters and their representatives, having those representatives serve actual districts rather than the community at large, which dilutes the individual voices within the district. It is good for all of us.

Neil Berkowitz, Seattle

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