SB 5037


As of February 12, 2001


Title:  An act relating to the time for signing and receipt of absentee and mail ballots.


Brief Description:  Requiring absentee ballots to reach the auditor by the day after election day.


Sponsors:  Senators Kline, Patterson, McCaslin, Kohl‑Welles and Winsley.


Brief History: 

Committee Activity:  State & Local Government: 2/14/01.



Staff:  Aaron Jennings (786‑7445)


Background:  Absentee ballots must be signed and postmarked or deposited in the county auditor=s office by 8:00 pm the day of the election or primary.  If a postmark is illegible, the date on the return identification envelope where the voter attests will determine the absentee ballot=s validity.


Summary of Bill:  In-state absentee ballots must be signed by the date of the election or primary and arrive at the county auditor=s office by 5:00 pm the day after the election or the primary for the ballots to be counted.  Out-of-state, overseas, or  military service voters are still counted if the absentee ballot=s envelope is signed and postmarked by the date of the election or primary.


Appropriation:  None.


Fiscal Note:  Not requested.


Effective Date:  Ninety days after adjournment of session in which bill is passed.