PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Electronic voting requirements.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 29.33.041.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The changing technology of voting systems requires a more detailed approach to the certification process. These rules will define the process clearly.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The federal Election Commission, and now the Election Administration Commission, set standards by which voting systems are tested at designated independent testing authorities. These standards are changing as the technology changes. Washington state requires that any voting system be tested at the federal level before it is certified in this state. These rules bring the state's standards more in line with the changing federal standards.
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 Pamela Floyd or Paul Miller, P.O. Box 40237, Olympia, WA 98504-0237, phone (360) 586-0400, fax (360) 664-2971.
May 3, 2004
Assistant Secretary of State