OLYMPIA, Wash. – Voting in elections could get easier for college students in Washington state under proposed legislation that would require ballot drop boxes to be placed at public institutions of higher learning.
The House Government Operations and Elections Committee approved House Bill 1290 on a 6-4 vote Wednesday.
The bill will head next to the House Rules Committee.
Sponsored by Rep. Tina Orwall, D-Des Moines, the measure would require a ballot drop box be placed at each public college, university, community college and technical college, and at certain branch campuses.
The bill would also require county auditors to establish drop box advisory committees and would require the consideration of American Indian reservations when determining where to place other ballot drop boxes.
Under the bill, anyone tampering or destroying a ballot drop box could face a civil penalty of up to $5,000.