CERTIFICATION OF ENROLLMENT
ENGROSSED HOUSE BILL 1071
1991 Regular Session
Passed by the House February 11, 1991
Yeas 96 Nays 0
Speaker of the
House of Representatives
Passed by the Senate April 11, 1991
Yeas 45 Nays 0
President of the Senate
Approved Place Style On Codes above, and Style Off Codes below.
Governor of the State of Washington
I, Alan Thompson, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is ENGROSSED HOUSE BILL 1071 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.
Secretary of State
State of Washington
ENGROSSED HOUSE BILL 1071
Passed Legislature - 1991 Regular Session
State of Washington 52nd Legislature 1991 Regular Session
By Representatives Anderson, McLean, R. Fisher, Moyer, Dorn, Chandler, Sheldon, Bowman, Winsley, Broback, Edmondson, Paris, Holland, D. Sommers, May, Wynne, Brumsickle, Nealey, Miller, P. Johnson, Casada, Wood, Forner and Mitchell.
Read first time January 18, 1991. Referred to Committee on State Government.
AN ACT Relating to the appointment of precinct election officers; and amending RCW 29.45.010 and 29.45.030.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
"Sec. 1. RCW 29.45.010 and 1983 1st ex.s. c 71 s 7 are each amended to read as follows:
At least ten days prior to any primary or election, general or special, the
county auditor shall appoint one inspector and two judges of election for each
precinct (or each combination of precincts temporarily consolidated as a single
precinct for that primary or election), other than those precincts designated
as vote-by-mail precincts pursuant to RCW 29.36.120((
, from)). Except
as provided in subsection (3) of this section, the persons appointed shall be
among (( the)) those whose names are contained on the lists
furnished under RCW 29.45.030 by the (( chairman)) chairpersons
of the county central committees of the political parties entitled to representation
thereon. Such precinct election officers, whenever possible, should be
residents of the precinct in which they serve.
(2) The county auditor may delete from the lists of names submitted to the auditor by the chairpersons of the county central committees under RCW 29.45.030: (a) The names of those persons who indicate to the auditor that they cannot or do not wish to serve as precinct election officers for the primary or election or who otherwise cannot so serve; and (b) the names of those persons who lack the ability to conduct properly the duties of an inspector or judge of election after training in that proper conduct has been made available to them by the auditor. The lists which are submitted to the auditor in a timely manner under RCW 29.45.030, less the deletions authorized by this subsection, constitute the official nomination lists for inspectors and judges of election.
(3) If the number of persons whose names are on the official nomination list for a political party is not sufficient to satisfy the requirements of subsection (4) of this section as it applies to that political party or is otherwise insufficient to provide the number of precinct election officials required from that political party, the auditor shall notify the chair of the party's county central committee regarding the deficiency. The chair may, within five business days of being notified by the auditor, add to the party's nomination list the names of additional persons belonging to that political party who are qualified to serve on the election boards. To the extent that, following this procedure, the number of persons whose names appear on the official nomination lists of the political parties is insufficient to provide the number of election inspectors and judges required for a primary or election, the auditor may appoint a properly trained person whose name does not appear on such a list as an inspector or judge of election for a precinct.
(4) The county auditor shall designate the inspector and one judge in each precinct from that political party which polled the highest number of votes in the county for its candidate for president at the last preceding presidential election and one judge from that political party polling the next highest number of votes in the county for its candidate for president at the same election. The provisions of this subsection apply only if the number of names on the official nomination list for inspectors and judges of election for a political party is sufficient to satisfy the requirements imposed by this subsection.
(5) Except as provided in RCW 29.45.040 for the filling of vacancies, this shall be the exclusive method for the appointment of inspectors and judges to serve as precinct election officers at any primary or election, general or special, and shall supersede the provisions of any and all other statutes, whether general or special in nature, having different requirements."
"Sec. 2. RCW 29.45.030 and 1987 c 295 s 16 are each amended to read as follows:
The precinct committee officer of each major political party shall certify to the officer's county chair a list of those persons belonging to the officer's political party qualified to act upon the election board in the officer's precinct.
least sixty days prior to the primary or election)) By the first day of
June each year, the chair of the county central committee of each major
political party shall certify to the officer having jurisdiction of the
election(( ,)) a list of those persons belonging to the county chair's
political party in each precinct who are qualified to act on the election board
The county chair shall compile this list from the names certified by the various precinct committee officers unless no names or not sufficient names have been certified from a precinct, in which event the county chair may include therein the names of qualified members of the county chair's party selected by the county chair. The county chair shall also have the authority to substitute names of persons recommended by the precinct committee officers if in the judgment of the county chair such persons are not qualified to serve as precinct election officers."