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WA Lege Day 44: Cleaning up voting rule?

OLYMPIA — The House and Senate both have actual floor sessions today, considering some bills that have come out of committees.

Among the first to move is SJR 8205, a possible constitutional amendment that would be on the fall ballot, a technical or “housekeeping” change that, when you think about it, is either amusing or bizarre. It seems the state Constitution has two conflicting residency requirements for voting. Article 6 Section 1 says a voter must live in the state, county and precinct for 30 days before an election to to be allowed to vote. But Section 1A says that in a presidential year, a citizen must reside in the state at least 60 days before the election to vote for president.

It's a problem that stems from changing Section 1 in 1974 to allow for the 18-year-old vote, and not addressing 1A, which had been added in 1966.

Hearings continue this afternoon, with the Senate Ways and Means Committee taking up bills ranging from a limit to the state's debt to new rules for gathering signatures on initiatives to setting up a commission to restructure the state's government.

It is United Food and Commercial Workers Lobbying Day and Have a Heart for Kids Day.

Today's trivia: Who was the greatest president since World War II? Zogby Poll results inside has one answer…see what you think.


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Zogby Interactive: Reagan, FDR Top Greatness Poll of Presidents Since WWII


UTICA, New York - Ronald Reagan and Franklin D. Roosevelt stand atop a Presidential Greatness Zogby Interactive survey of all U.S. Presidents since World War II. At the opposite end of the spectrum, ranked highest as failures are Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush and Barack Obama

The poll, conducted from February 14-16, asked likely voters to rate each of these 13 presidents as being Great, Near Great, Average, Below Average or a Failure.

Here are the results for rankings of Great, Near Great and the total of both.


President

Great

Near Great

Total

Ronald Reagan

37%

20%

57%

Franklin Roosevelt

32%

25%

57%

John F. Kennedy

16%

35%

51%

Harry Truman

9%

35%

44%

Bill Clinton

18%

24%

42%

Dwight Eisenhower

10%

32%

41%

Barack Obama

8%

19%

27%

George W. Bush

4%

17%

21%

Lyndon Johnson

5%

15%

20%

George H.W. Bush

3%

13%

16%

Jimmy Carter

4%

9%

13%

Richard Nixon

1%

8%

9%

Gerald Ford

1%

4%

5%

Total may not add up evenly due to rounding.

Spin Control quibble: FDR died before the war was over, so how can he be one of the greatest since WWII?


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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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