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By Juan Morfin
Washington State Journal 

Bill would add protection for election officials


January 20, 2022

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Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle, gives his opening remarks on Senate bill 5148 in a Senate floor debate session Jan. 12.

Election officials will get more protection from harassment if SB 5148 becomes law.

The bill was approved in the Senate on Jan. 12 with 48 yeas and 0 nays. It will be up to the House to approve or amend it.

In debate on the Senate floor, Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle, said the bill will address a "grievous threat" to our democratic system.

"Here in our own state, in Washington state, which inspired this legislation last year, the top elections official, a deputy to our former Secretary of State had her name and home address posted online with her picture in crosshairs and the threat, your d...

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