WSR 99-07-042

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

SECRETARY OF STATE


[ Filed March 15, 1999, 9:43 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Defining methods of mailing absentee ballots.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 29.04.080, 29.04.210.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Currently, there are no rules or statutes regulating the level of mail service with regard to absentee ballots - especially whether absentee ballots are forwardable or not. The result is inconsistent practices in counties.

Process for Developing New Rule: Negotiated rule making.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Sheryl Moss, P.O. Box 40232, Olympia, WA 98504-0232, phone (360) 664-3653, fax (360) 664-3657.

March 15, 1999

Donald F. Whiting

Assistant Secretary of State

Washington State Code Reviser's Office