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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Today by a 92-2 vote, the Senate approved election reform legislation. The $3.9 billion bill will upgrade voting equipment and registration procedures, and implement new national election standards, such as permitting voters to check ballots and correct errors before their votes are counted.

Senator Murray also worked diligently to ensure that Washington state's vote-by-mail system is protected within this legislation, while upgrading Washington state polling stations.

"As voters across the country head to the voting booth next month, I am pleased that the Senate has passed important election reform to restore the public's faith in the democratic voting process. Today's legislation will help ensure that every American will have his or her vote counted.

I am pleased that Washington state's vote-by-mail system is protected in this legislation. Mail-in voting is a proven way to empower more voters, and thanks in part to this system our state has one of the highest rates of voter participation in the country.

The right to vote is one of the most sacred rights of American citizenship, and ensuring that votes are counted is essential to our democracy."