The state House passed a voting rights bill unanimously last week and the state Senate advanced it this morning.

The bill would allow ballots to be sent electronically to overseas voters—like those in the military—and (going further than a recent similar federal mandate) also allow overseas voters to send ballots back electronically.

The federal version doesn't allow for step two—ballots have to be snail mailed back—because the feds determined that the Internet wasn't secure enough to avoid vote tampering.

Liberal Eastside Seattle suburban Sen. Eric Oemig (D-45)—a former Microsoft manager—offered an amendment in the government operations committee this morning that, citing the security concerns, would have scaled the bill back to bring it in line with federal rules.

His amendment failed and the bill is now queued up to pass the Senate.
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