HOUSE BILL 1577





                        57th Legislature

                2001 Regular Legislative Session


Passed by the House March 12, 2001

  Yeas 95   Nays 0




Speaker of the House of Representatives




Speaker of the House of Representatives





Passed by the Senate April 4, 2001

  Yeas 42   Nays 6



We, Timothy A. Martin and Cynthia Zehnder, Co-Chief Clerks of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is HOUSE BILL 1577  as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.




                          Chief Clerk




                          Chief Clerk

President of the Senate




Approved Place Style On Codes above, and Style Off Codes below.             




Governor of the State of Washington

                   Secretary of State

                  State of Washington



                          HOUSE BILL 1577



             Passed Legislature - 2001 Regular Session


State of Washington      57th Legislature     2001 Regular Session


By Representatives D. Schmidt and Romero; by request of Secretary of State


Read first time 01/30/2001.  Referred to Committee on State Government.

Clarifying standards for candidates using party designations.

    AN ACT Relating to candidates for elected office; amending RCW 29.24.020, 29.24.035, and 29.30.020; adding a new section to chapter 29.27 RCW; and adding a new section to chapter 29.24 RCW.




    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.  A new section is added to chapter 29.27 RCW to read as follows:

    In a year in which the president and vice-president of the United States are to be elected, the secretary of state shall include in the certification prepared under RCW 29.27.050 the names of all candidates for president and vice-president who, at least fifty days before the general election, have certified a slate of electors to the secretary of state under RCW 29.71.020 and have been nominated either (1) by a major political party, as certified by the appropriate authority under party rules, or (2) by a minor party or as independent candidates under chapter 29.24 RCW.  Major or minor political parties or independent presidential candidates may substitute a different candidate for vice-president for the one whose name appears on the party's certification or nominating petition at any time before forty-five days before the general election, by certifying the change to the secretary of state.  Substitutions must not be permitted to delay the printing of either ballots or a voters' pamphlet.  Substitutions are valid only if submitted under oath and signed by the same individual who originally certified the nomination, or his or her documented successor, and only if the substitute candidate consents in writing.


    Sec. 2.  RCW 29.24.020 and 1989 c 215 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

    (1) Any nomination of a candidate for partisan public office by other than a major political party ((shall only be made either:  (1))) may be made only:  (a) In a convention held not earlier than the last Saturday in June and not later than the first Saturday in July or during any of the seven days immediately preceding the first day for filing declarations of candidacy as fixed in accordance with RCW 29.68.080; ((or (2))) (b) as provided by RCW ((29.51.170.)) 29.62.180; or (c) as otherwise provided in this section.

    (2) Nominations of candidates for president and vice-president of the United States other than by a major political party may be made either at a convention conducted under subsection (1) of this section, or at a similar convention taking place not earlier than the first Sunday in July and not later than seventy days before the general election.  Conventions held during this time period may not nominate candidates for any public office other than president and vice-president of the United States, except as provided in subsection (3) of this section.

    (3) If a special filing period for a partisan office is opened under RCW 29.15.230, candidates of minor political parties and independent candidates may file for office during that special filing period.  The names of those candidates may not appear on the ballot unless they are nominated by convention held no later than five days after the close of the special filing period and a certificate of nomination is filed with the filing officer no later than three days after the convention.  The requirements of RCW 29.24.025 do not apply to such a convention.  If primary ballots or a voters' pamphlet are ordered to be printed before the deadline for submitting the certificate of nomination and the certificate has not been filed, then the candidate's name will be included but may not appear on the general election ballot unless the certificate is timely filed and the candidate otherwise qualifies to appear on that ballot.

    (4)  A minor political party may hold more than one convention but in no case shall any such party nominate more than one candidate for any one partisan public office or position.  For the purpose of nominating candidates for the offices of president and vice-president, United States senator, or a statewide office, a minor party or independent candidate holding multiple conventions may add together the number of signatures of different individuals from each convention obtained in support of the candidate or candidates in order to obtain the number required by RCW 29.24.030.  For all other offices for which nominations are made, signatures of the requisite number of registered voters must be obtained at a single convention.


    Sec. 3.  RCW 29.24.035 and 1989 c 215 s 5 are each amended to read as follows:

    A nominating petition submitted under this chapter shall clearly identify the name of the minor party or independent candidate convention as it appears on the certificate of nomination as required by RCW ((29.24.030(3))) 29.24.040(3).  The petition shall also contain a statement that the person signing the petition is a registered voter of the state of Washington and shall have a space for the voter to sign his or her name and to print his or her name and address.  No person may sign more than one nominating petition under this chapter for an office for a primary or election.


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 4.  A new section is added to chapter 29.24 RCW to read as follows:

    (1) If two or more valid certificates of nomination are filed purporting to nominate different candidates for the same position using the same party name, the filing officer must give effect to both certificates.  If conflicting claims to the party name are not resolved either by mutual agreement or by a judicial determination of the right to the name, the candidates must be treated as independent candidates.  Disputes over the right to the name must not be permitted to delay the printing of either ballots or a voters' pamphlet.  Other candidates nominated by the same conventions may continue to use the partisan affiliation unless a court of competent jurisdiction directs otherwise.

    (2) A person affected may petition the superior court of the county in which the filing officer is located for a judicial determination of the right to the name of a minor political party, either before or after documents are filed with the filing officer.  The court shall resolve the conflict between competing claims to the use of the same party name according to the following principles:  (a) The prior established public use of the name during previous elections by a party composed of or led by the same individuals or individuals in documented succession; (b) prior established public use of the name earlier in the same election cycle; (c) the nomination of a more complete slate of candidates for a number of offices or in a number of different regions of the state; (d) documented affiliation with a national or statewide party organization with an established use of the name; (e) the first date of filing of a certificate of nomination; and (f) such other indicia of an established right to use of the name as the court may deem relevant.  If more than one filing officer is involved, and one of them is the secretary of state, the petition must be filed in the superior court for Thurston County.  Upon resolving the conflict between competing claims, the court may also address any ballot designation for the candidate who does not prevail.


    Sec. 5.  RCW 29.30.020 and 1990 c 59 s 11 are each amended to read as follows:

    (1) The positions or offices on a primary ballot shall be arranged in substantially the following order:  United States senator; United States representative; governor; lieutenant governor; secretary of state; state treasurer; state auditor; attorney general; commissioner of public lands; superintendent of public instruction; insurance commissioner; state senator; state representative; county officers; justices of the supreme court; judges of the court of appeals; judges of the superior court; and judges of the district court.  For all other jurisdictions on the primary ballot, the offices in each jurisdiction shall be grouped together and be in the order of the position numbers assigned to those offices, if any.

    (2) The order of the positions or offices on an election ballot shall be substantially the same as on a primary ballot except that the offices of president and vice-president of the United States shall precede all other offices on a presidential election ballot.  State ballot issues shall be placed before all offices on an election ballot.  The positions on a ballot to be assigned to ballot measures regarding local units of government shall be established by the secretary of state by rule.

    (3) The political party or independent candidacy of each candidate for partisan office shall be indicated next to the name of the candidate on the primary and election ballot.  A candidate shall file a written notice with the filing officer within three business days after the close of the filing period designating the political party to be indicated next to the candidate's name on the ballot if either:  (a) The candidate has been nominated by two or more minor political parties or independent conventions; or (b) the candidate has both filed a declaration of candidacy declaring an affiliation with a major political party and been nominated by a minor political party or independent convention.  If no written notice is filed the filing officer shall give effect to the party designation shown upon the first document filed.  A candidate may be deemed nominated by a minor party or independent convention only if all documentation required by chapter 29.24 RCW has been timely filed.


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