WSR 05-07-014

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

SECRETARY OF STATE


[ Filed March 7, 2005, 9:36 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Absentee ballots -- Application forms, envelopes, and audit trails.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 29A.04.610.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Update and clarify rules to provide consistent procedures in all counties. Also, to enhance absentee reconciliation procedures and the audit trail.

Process for Developing New Rule: Negotiated rule making.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Amber Cervantes, Certification and Training Program Coordinator, P.O. Box 40232, Olympia, WA 98504-0232, phone (360) 902-4165, fax (360) 664-4619, acervantes@secstate.wa.gov.

March 3, 2005

Steve Excell

Assistant Secretary of State

Washington State Code Reviser's Office