WSR 97-14-039

ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE

[Filed June 26, 1997, 11:38 a.m.]

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The Washington Attorney General issues formal published opinions in response to requests by the heads of state agencies, state legislators, and county prosecuting attorneys. When it appears that individuals outside the Attorney General's Office have information or expertise that will assist in the preparation of a particular opinion, a summary of that opinion request will be published in the state register. If you are interested in commenting on a request listed in this volume of the register, you should notify the Attorney General's Office of your interest by July 23, 1997. This is not the due date by which comments must be received. However, if you do not notify the Attorney General's Office of your interest in commenting on an opinion request by July 23, 1997, the opinion may be issued before your comments have been received. You may notify the Attorney General's Office of you intention to comment by calling (360) 753-4114, or by writing to the Solicitor General, Office of the Attorney General, P.O. Box 40100, Olympia, WA 98504-0100. When you notify the office of your intention to comment, you will be provided with a copy of the opinion request in which you are interested; information about the Attorney General's Opinion process; information on how to submit your comments; and a due date by which your comments must be received to ensure that they are fully considered.

The Attorney General's Office seeks public input on the following opinion request(s).

97-06-07 Request by Secretary of State Ralph Munro

1. Under what circumstances does a major political party cease to be a major political party under RCW 29.01.090? Does your answer vary if the party originally qualifies based on the performance of a candidate for an office other than the United States senator, but in the next even-year general election United States senator is the only office listed in RCW 29.01.090 that appears on the ballot?

2. For any newly qualified major political party, at what time and by what mechanism are precinct committee officers selected?

3. If the party does not organize pursuant to chapter 29.42 RCW, may the newly qualified major political party perform any of the functions provided by law to be performed by the county or state committee prior to doing so?

4. Do the provisions of RCW 29.45.010(4) restrict membership on a three-person election board to members of the two parties whose candidates for president polled the greatest and the next greatest number of votes in that county?

5. If a county auditor decides to appoint additional clerks to the election board, pursuant to RCW 29.45.020, what must be the partisan affiliation of the inspector, two judges, and any clerks if there are more than two major political parties? Does your answer with regard to the political affiliation of board members depend upon whether the county chair has provided a list of names to the auditor?

6. What must be the partisan affiliation of ballot pick up and delivery teams, pursuant to RCW 29.54.037, if there are more than two major political parties?

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