SECOND SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 6731
C 262 L 90
State of Washington 51st Legislature 1990 Regular Session
By Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators McCaslin and Sutherland)
Read first time 2/6/90.
AN ACT Relating to including absentee ballots in voter abstracts; and amending RCW 29.62.090 and 29.36.070.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. Section 29.62.090, chapter 9, Laws of 1965 as amended by section 96, chapter 361, Laws of 1977 ex. sess. and RCW 29.62.090 are each amended to read as follows:
Immediately after the official results of a state primary or general election
his)) a county are ascertained, the county auditor or other
election officer shall make an abstract of the number of registered voters in
each precinct and of all the votes cast in (( his)) the county at
such state primary or general election for and against state measures and for
each candidate for federal, state, and legislative office or for any other
office which the secretary of state is required by law to canvass. The abstract
shall be entered on blanks furnished by the secretary of state or on compatible
computer printouts approved by the secretary of state, and transmitted to the
secretary of state no later than the next business day following the
certification by the county canvassing board.
(2) After each general election in an even-numbered year, the county auditor or other election officer shall provide to the secretary of state a report of the number of absentee ballots cast in each precinct for and against state measures and for each candidate for federal, state, and legislative office or for any other office which the secretary of state is required by law to canvass. The report may be included in the abstract required by this section or may be transmitted to the secretary of state separately, but in no event later than March 31 of the year following the election. Absentee ballot results may be incorporated into votes cast at the polls for each precinct or may be reported separately on a precinct by precinct basis.
(3) If absentee ballot results are not incorporated into votes cast at the polls, the county auditor or other election official may aggregate results from more than one precinct if the auditor, pursuant to rules adopted by the secretary of state, finds that reporting a single precinct's absentee ballot results would jeopardize the secrecy of a person's ballot. To the extent practicable, precincts for which absentee results are aggregated shall be contiguous.
Sec. 2. Section 29.36.070, chapter 9, Laws of 1965 as last amended by section 15, chapter 346, Laws of 1987 and RCW 29.36.070 are each amended to read as follows:
The absentee ballots shall be grouped and counted by congressional and legislative district without regard to precinct, except as required under RCW 29.62.090(2).
returns shall be added to the total of the votes cast at ((