Wednesday evening (July 12), Shane Hamlin, legislative policy analyst and liaison from the Secretary of States office, provided an update on the new State Voters Registration Data Base (VRDB). The historically close nature of the 2004 gubernatorial election had a dramatic effect on voter confidence in the Washington State.
“Now for the first time, the state has a comprehensive VRDB incorporating the voter registration rolls from all 39 Washington counties. The VRDB allows election workers to identify those registered in multiple counties and requires state agencies, such as the Washington State Patrol, Department of Corrections, Administrator of the Courts and the Department of Health to share information with the Office of the Secretary of State regarding felony convictions and death notices”. Mr. Hamlin continued, “to date, 848 felons have been removed from the voter rolls, and a total of 72,000 records have been canceled”.
This Secretary of State proposal which is funded by the federal Help America Vote Act, went live on January 1, 2006 and will continue phasing in over the next few months. Hamlin spoke at the monthly meeting of the 2nd and 29th District Republican Club.
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