PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Statewide voter registration database.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 9A.08.651 and 29A.04.611.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The official statewide voter registration data base (VRDB) is a new voter registration system mandated by state and federal law that has been implemented by the secretary of state. Additional rules for the VRDB are needed as this program continues to develop. The rules will cover topics such as searches for duplicate registrations and cancellation due to felony conviction.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Some coordination with the registrar of vital statistics, Washington state patrol, administrative office of the courts, and the department of corrections may be necessary.
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 Pam Floyd, Elections Division, P.O. Box 40237, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 725-5781, fax (360) 664-2971.
January 17, 2006