Here we go!

Filing for offices ended Friday, and I have two opponents, one Democrat and one Republican. So now the campaign switches into a higher gear.  
Washington's primary is August 4 and the general election is on November 3; ballots must be postmarked or placed in a drop box by 8 PM on Election Day.
I've lead the way on protecting the right of citizens to participate in our elections.  Some of the bills I've worked to pass went into effect last year, but this is be the first major election using the new rules.  They include:
  1. Election Day Registration—voters will be able to register to vote up to, and including Election Day
  2. Automatic voter registration—when a person does business with a state agency program that requires proof of citizenship, the person will have the opportunity to automatically be registered to vote;
  3. 16-17 year-olds who get a driver’s license or state ID card will have the option to automatically pre-register to vote
  4. 17 year-olds who will be 18 on or before Election Day will be able to vote in the August primary.

I'm proud of my work to protect one of the most fundamental rights of our nation: the right to vote.  I look forward to casting my vote in our elections and I'll hope you'll join me (and cast a vote to re-elect me to represent LD in the Senate!