Washington State

House of Representatives

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State Government & Tribal Relations Committee

HB 1819

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Brief Description: Requiring additional information in reconciliation reports.

Sponsors: Representatives Appleton, Hudgins, Dolan, Bergquist and Pellicciotti.

Brief Summary of Bill

  • Modifies the information required to be reported in the reconciliation report.

  • Expands the type of information required to be reported in the reconciliation report.

Hearing Date: 2/13/19

Staff: Desiree Omli (786-7105).


Each county auditor conducts all general and primary elections within the county and is responsible for processing ballots. The county canvassing board canvasses the ballot returns and certifies election results. The results must be certified 14 days after a primary or special election and 21 days after a general election.

The county auditor must prepare an election reconciliation report at the time of the election certification. The report must be available on the county auditor's website and submitted to the Secretary of State (Secretary).

The report must include the number of:

Summary of Bill:

The information required to be included in the reconciliation report is modified to require that the number of ballots received, counted, and rejected must be categorized by precinct. For any ballots that are reported as rejected, the county auditor must report the number of ballots rejected for the following reasons:

Additional information is required on the reconciliation report, including the number of:

The county auditor must reconcile the total number of ballots that are issued, received, counted, and rejected with the number of ballots as categorized by precinct that are issued, received, counted, and rejected. Any discrepancies must be documented in the reconciliation report, including the reason for the discrepancy.

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Requested on February 10, 2019.

Effective Date: The bill takes effect 90 days after adjournment of the session in which the bill is passed.