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Loss of voting rightsAcknowledgment. (Effective until January 1, 2022.)

(1) When a person is convicted of a felony, the court shall require the defendant to sign a statement acknowledging that:
(a) The defendant's right to vote has been lost due to the felony conviction;
(b) If the defendant is registered to vote, the voter registration will be canceled;
(c) The right to vote is provisionally restored as long as the defendant is not under the authority of the department of corrections;
(d) The defendant must reregister before voting;
(e) The provisional right to vote may be revoked if the defendant fails to comply with all the terms of his or her legal financial obligations or an agreement for the payment of legal financial obligations;
(f) The right to vote may be permanently restored by one of the following for each felony conviction:
(i) A certificate of discharge issued by the sentencing court, as provided in RCW 9.94A.637;
(ii) A court order issued by the sentencing court restoring the right, as provided in RCW 9.92.066;
(iii) A final order of discharge issued by the indeterminate sentence review board, as provided in RCW 9.96.050; or
(iv) A certificate of restoration issued by the governor, as provided in RCW 9.96.020; and
(g) Voting before the right is restored is a class C felony under RCW 29A.84.660.
(2) For the purposes of this section, a person is under the authority of the department of corrections if the person is:
(a) Serving a sentence of confinement in the custody of the department of corrections; or
(b) Subject to community custody as defined in RCW 9.94A.030.

NOTES:

Effective date2005 c 246: "This act takes effect January 1, 2006." [ 2005 c 246 § 26.]

Loss of voting rightsAcknowledgment. (Effective January 1, 2022.)

(1) When a person is convicted of a felony and sentenced to a term of total confinement under the jurisdiction of the department of corrections, the court shall require the defendant to sign a statement acknowledging that:
(a) The defendant's right to vote has been lost due to the felony conviction and sentence to a term of total confinement;
(b) If the defendant is registered to vote, the voter registration will be canceled;
(c) The right to vote is automatically restored as long as the defendant is not serving a sentence of total confinement under the jurisdiction of the department of corrections;
(d) The defendant must reregister before voting; and
(e) Voting before the right is restored is a class C felony under RCW 29A.84.660.
(2) For the purposes of this section:
(a) A sentence of total confinement does not include confinement imposed as a sanction for a community custody violation under RCW 9.94A.633(1).
(b) "Total confinement" has the same meaning as in RCW 9.94A.030.

NOTES:

Effective date2021 c 10: See note following RCW 29A.08.520.
Effective date2005 c 246: "This act takes effect January 1, 2006." [ 2005 c 246 § 26.]
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