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NV conservation group supports FERC's transmission planning rule; Memorial Day weekend includes Tornadoes and record-high temperatures; A focus on the Farm Bill for Latino Advocacy Week in D.C; and Southeast Alaska is heating homes with its rainfall.

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U.S. Supreme Court allows South Carolina gerrymander that dilutes Black voters, Sen. Ted Cruz refuses to say if he'll accept 2024 election results, and Trump calls Mar-a-Lago search an attempt to have him assassinated.

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Smokey Bear thought only "you" could prevent forest fires, but decomposing mushrooms may also help, a Native American community in Oregon is achieving healthcare sovereignty, and Colorado farmers hope fast-maturing, drought-tolerant seeds will better handle climate change.

WA's new ballot curing law ensures state 'counts every voter'

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Monday, April 8, 2024   

The process for correcting ballot errors is set to become easier this year thanks to a bill passed in Olympia this session.

Lawmakers unanimously approved Senate Bill 5890, which aims to reduce ballot rejection rates because of issues like mismatched signatures.

Jazmine Smith, political manager for The Washington Bus, a youth voting organization, said the changes will reduce disenfranchisement.

"There's a lot of different areas that 5890 is going to standardize the process across Washington to ensure that we're counting every voter," Smith noted.

The new law ensures better outreach for the ballot curing process, including notifying voters by text message or email, if possible, about issues with their ballot. The bill goes into effect June 6, ahead of this year's election.

Smith pointed out Washington rejects ballots from people of color and young people at a higher rate than others.

"When people turn in their ballot and they want to have their voice heard, they're going to be heard," Smith asserted. "We can maintain the security of our elections while also not disproportionately impacting communities of color, not counting their vote."

The legislation also establishes a work group to create a uniform ballot envelope design for all counties in the state by the 2026 primary election.


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