Seattle ordinance requires landlords to give out voter registration info
Posted Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by Christopher L. Thayer
On Monday, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to require that Seattle landlords give tenants voter registration information as part of an already required information packet on housing laws.
Studies have shown that people on the move vote at lower rates, the ordinance says. While 41 percent of renters in their homes for more than five years reported voting in 2014, only 21 percent who had lived in their homes for less than one year reported voting, the ordinance says, citing U.S. Census Bureau data.
The ordinance will go into effect 30 days after Mayor Ed Murray signs it.
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