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                                                   SENATE BILL NO. 5143



                                                                            C 155 L 89



State of Washington                               51st Legislature                              1989 Regular Session


By Senators Pullen, Madsen, Talmadge and Moore



Read first time 1/16/89 and referred to Committee on Governmental Operations.



AN ACT Relating to ballot pages and the placement of candidates' names thereon; and amending RCW 29.34.085.




        Sec. 1.  Section 1, chapter 143, Laws of 1983 as amended by section 8, chapter 295, Laws of 1987 and RCW 29.34.085 are each amended to read as follows:

          No voting device may contain the names of candidates for the offices of United States representative, state senator, state representative, county council, or county commissioner in more than one district ((or the names of candidates for the office of precinct committee officer in more than one precinct)).  In all ((even-year state)) general elections, ((voting devices shall be grouped by precinct and physically separated from the voting devices containing ballot pages for other precincts.  For all other)) primaries, and special elections, in each polling place the voting devices containing ballot pages for candidates from each congressional, legislative, or county council or commissioner district shall be grouped together and physically separated from those devices containing ballot pages for other districts.  Each voter shall be directed by the precinct election officers to the correct group of voting devices ((and an explanation to the voters that separate devices are being used for specific precincts shall be prominently displayed within the polling place)).