State senator’s address accidentally changed

TACOMA — The state Department of Licensing says a mix-up at one of their offices caused Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom to be mistakenly registered to vote outside of his legislative district.

The News Tribune of Tacoma reported Thursday that the voter registration of Sen. Rodney Tom was changed from his home in Medina to an address on Mercer Island when he renewed his driver license in July. Drivers are asked if they want to update their voting registration records at licensing offices. Tom, a Democrat who leads the predominantly Republican Majority Coalition, says he did not.

A spokesman for the department says it appears that when Tom went to a licensing office to renew his license, his information was crossed with another customer who was helped a few minutes later at the same terminal.

Under state law, lawmakers must be registered to vote in the district they represent. Licensing officials say Tom’s voter information will be corrected.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com

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