Making sure Washington voters living overseas have the information they need. That's the aim of a new Senate bill passed on Wednesday sponsored by 14th District State Rep. Gina Mosbrucker. She says the bill would help inform Washington voters overseas.

Soldiers need a voters guide

House Bill 1357 would require county auditors to mail a statewide and local voters' pamphlet to registered Washington voters overseas, including military voters.

"This bill was suggested to me by a soldier from overseas who receives his election ballot while serving our country, but he doesn't get a voters' pamphlet with it. Without that information, he has to spend valuable time trying to look up candidates online. That's time he could be spending talking to or FaceTiming his family or loved ones," says Mosbrucker, R-Goldendale.

Auditor Charles Ross says the guides are available online

Yakima County Auditor Charles Ross says the bill may help those without internet access because he says both the local and state voter guides are available online to anyone who wants the information anywhere in the world.

Mosbrucker originally introduced the bill last year and it passed the House unanimously, but failed to advance in the Senate and was returned to the House at the end of last session.Last week lawmakers again gave unanimous approval to the bill, 95-0. The measure heads back to the Senate where the 14th District representative says she is optimistic it will advance to full legislative passage.

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