CERTIFICATION OF ENROLLMENT
ENGROSSED SENATE BILL 5273
Chapter 7, Laws of 2019
2019 REGULAR SESSION
EFFECTIVE DATE: July 28, 2019
Passed by the Senate January 30, 2019
Yeas 29 Nays 18
President of the Senate
Passed by the House March 4, 2019
Yeas 54 Nays 42
Speaker of the House of Representatives
I, Brad Hendrickson, Secretary of the Senate of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is ENGROSSED SENATE BILL 5273 as passed by Senate and the House of Representatives on the dates hereon set forth.
Approved March 14, 2019 4:01 PM
March 15, 2019
Governor of the State of Washington
Secretary of State
State of Washington
ENGROSSED SENATE BILL 5273
Passed Legislature - 2019 Regular Session
State of Washington
2019 Regular Session
BySenators Hunt, Kuderer, Wellman, Cleveland, McCoy, Dhingra, Saldaña, Billig, Mullet, Liias, Conway, Das, Frockt, Keiser, and Palumbo
Read first time 01/16/19.Referred to Committee on State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
and 2003 c 111 s 1402 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) On the ((fourth))second Tuesday in ((May))March 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.
(2)(a) The secretary of state may propose an alternative date for the primary, including to coordinate a regional primary with any of the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Utah, no later than the first day of ((August))September of the year before the year in which a president is to be nominated and elected. The proposed date must not be prior to the earliest date permitted by the national rules of the major political parties.
(((2)))(b) No later than the ((first))fifteenth 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)(a) or (b) 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
))section 2 of this act
and related provisions of this chapter to correspond with the date that has been approved.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2.
A new section is added to chapter 29A.56
RCW to read as follows:
(1) Each party must determine which candidates are to be placed on the presidential primary ballot for that party. The chair of each party must submit to the secretary of state the names of the candidates to appear on the ballot for that party no later than sixty-three days before the presidential primary. Once submitted, changes must not be made to the candidates that will appear on the ballot.
(2) No later than the seventh day before the presidential nomination primary, the chair of each party must submit to the secretary of state the names of write-in candidates, if any, to be counted for that party.
and 2013 c 11 s 54 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) Except where necessary to accommodate the national or state rules of a major political party or where this chapter specifically provides otherwise, the presidential primary must be conducted in substantially the same manner as a state primary under this title.
(2) The arrangement and form of presidential primary ballots must be established by administrative rule adopted under RCW 29A.04.620, and in consultation with the major political parties
. Only the candidates who have ((qualified under RCW 29A.56.030
))been submitted under section 2 of this act
may appear on the ballots.
(3) Each party's ballot or portion of the ballot must list alphabetically the names of all candidates for the office of president for that party. The ballot must clearly indicate the political party of each candidate. ((Each ballot must include a blank space to allow the voter to write in the name of any other candidate.))
(4) If requested by a party chair, the ballot for that party must contain a place for a voter to indicate a preference for having delegates to the party's national convention remain uncommitted. A request under this subsection must be submitted to the secretary of state no later than sixty-three days before the presidential primary.
(5) A presidential primary ballot with votes for more than one candidate is void, and notice to this effect, stated in clear, simple language and printed in large type, must appear on the face of each presidential primary ballot or on or about each voting device.
(6) Notice must be published in the manner required by RCW 29A.52.355. Sec. 4.
and 2003 c 111 s 1405 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) A major political party may, under national or state party rules, base the allocation of delegates from this state to the national nominating convention of that party in whole or in part on the participation in precinct caucuses and conventions conducted under the rules of that party.
(2) If requested by a major political party, the secretary of state shall adopt rules under RCW 29A.04.620
to provide for any declaration required by that party.
(3) Voters who subscribe to a specific political party declaration under this section may only vote for a candidate of that party. Each list of candidates on ballots must be ((given ballots that are)) readily distinguishable from ((those given to other voters))the list of candidates for any other party. Votes cast by persons making these declarations must be tabulated and reported separately from other votes cast at the primary and may be used by a major political party in its allocation of delegates under the rules of that party.
(4) For a political party that requires a specific voter declaration under this section, the secretary of state shall prescribe rules for providing, to the state and county committees of that political party, a copy of the declarations or a list of the voters who participated in the presidential nominating process of that party.
and 2015 c 146 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:
Ten days after a special election held in February or April, ten days after a presidential primary held pursuant to chapter 29A.56 RCW,
fourteen days after a primary, or twenty-one days after a general election, the county canvassing board shall complete the canvass and certify the results. Each ballot that was returned before 8:00 p.m. on the day of the special election, general election, ((or
)) primary, or presidential primary,
and each ballot bearing a postmark on or before the date of the special election, general election, ((or
)) primary, or presidential primary
and received no later than the day before certification, must be included in the canvass report.
and 2004 c 271 s 107 are each amended to read as follows:
No record may be created or maintained by a state or local governmental agency or a political organization that identifies a voter with the information marked on the voter's ballot, ((including the choice that a voter makes on a partisan primary ballot regarding political party affiliation
))except the declarations made under RCW 29A.56.050(2)
and 2005 c 2 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) The rights of Washington voters are protected by its constitution and laws and include the following fundamental rights:
(((1)))(a) The right of qualified voters to vote at all elections;
(((2)))(b) The right of absolute secrecy of the vote. No voter may be required to disclose political faith or adherence in order to vote;
(((3)))(c) The right to cast a vote for any candidate for each office without any limitation based on party preference or affiliation, of either the voter or the candidate.
(2) Nothing in subsection (1)(b) or (c) of this section alters or supersedes RCW 29A.56.020 through 29A.56.050, which govern presidential primary elections. NEW SECTION. Sec. 8. RCW 29A.56.010 (Intent) is decodified. NEW SECTION. Sec. 9. RCW 29A.56.030 (Ballot—Names included) and 2011 c 349 s 19, 2006 c 344 s 15, & 2003 c 111 s 1403 are each repealed.
Passed by the Senate January 30, 2019.
Passed by the House March 4, 2019.
Approved by the Governor March 14, 2019.
Filed in Office of Secretary of State March 15, 2019.
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