62nd Legislature
2011 Regular Session

Passed by the Senate April 6, 2011
  YEAS 34   NAYS 15

President of the Senate
Passed by the House April 19, 2011
  YEAS 69   NAYS 28

Speaker of the House of Representatives


I, Thomas Hoemann, Secretary of the Senate of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is SENATE BILL 5119 as passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on the dates hereon set forth.


Governor of the State of Washington

Secretary of State
State of Washington



Passed Legislature - 2011 Regular Session
State of Washington62nd Legislature2011 Regular Session

By Senators Pridemore and Kline; by request of Secretary of State and Governor Gregoire

Read first time 01/14/11.   Referred to Committee on Government Operations, Tribal Relations & Elections.

     AN ACT Relating to cancellation of the 2012 presidential primary; amending RCW 29A.56.020; and providing an expiration date.


Sec. 1   RCW 29A.56.020 and 2003 c 111 s 1402 are each amended to read as follows:
     (1) On the fourth Tuesday in May of each year in which a president of the United States is to be nominated and elected, a presidential primary shall be held at which voters may vote for the nominee of a major political party for the office of president. The secretary of state may propose an alternative date for the primary no later than the first day of August of the year before the year in which a president is to be nominated and elected.
     (2) No later than the first day of September of the year before the year in which a presidential nominee is selected, the state committee of any major political party that will use the primary results for candidates of that party may propose an alternative date for that primary.
     (3) If an alternative date is proposed under subsection (1) or (2) of this section, a committee consisting of the chair and the vice-chair of the state committee of each major political party, the secretary of state, the majority leader and minority leader of the senate, and the speaker and the minority leader of the house of representatives shall meet and, if affirmed by a two-thirds vote of the members of the committee, the date of the primary shall be changed. The committee shall meet and decide on the proposed alternate date not later than the first day of October of the year before the year in which a presidential nominee is selected. The secretary of state shall convene and preside over the meeting of the committee. A committee member other than a legislator may appoint, in writing, a designee to serve on his or her behalf. A legislator who is a member of the committee may appoint, in writing, another legislator to serve on his or her behalf.
     (4) If an alternate date is approved under this section, the secretary of state shall adopt rules under RCW 29A.04.620 to adjust the deadlines in RCW 29A.56.030 and related provisions of this chapter to correspond with the date that has been approved.
     (5) No presidential primary may be held in 2012.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2   Section 1 of this act expires January 1, 2013.

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