Washington State

House of Representatives

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State Government, Elections & Information Technology Committee

HB 1507

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Brief Description: Enhancing election reconciliation reports.

Sponsors: Representatives Holy and Hudgins.

Brief Summary of Bill

  • Directs the Secretary of State to prepare a statewide election reconciliation report for each state primary and general election that combines and compares data from each county election reconciliation report.

Hearing Date: 2/7/17

Staff: Sean Flynn (786-7124).


The county auditor conducts all elections within the county and is responsible for processing ballots. The county canvassing board certifies election results 14 days after a primary or special election and 21 days after a general election.

An election reconciliation report must be prepared by the county auditor and submitted at the time of the election certification. The county auditor must make the report available on the auditor's website. The report must contain data including:

Summary of Bill:

Each county auditor must submit the election reconciliation report to the Secretary of State (Secretary). Within two months after the last county's election results are certified, the Secretary must prepare a statewide reconciliation report and publish it on the Secretary's website.

The statewide report must provide a comparison among counties on the rates of votes received, counted, and rejected for all ballots, including provisional, write-in, and overseas ballots. The comparison data may include rankings or percentages to measure performance and trends.

The statewide report also must include an analysis of the data that can be used to gain a better understanding of election administration and policy. The analysis should combine dates over multiple years to provide broader comparisons and reveal trends of voter registration, turnout, and ballot counting. National election statistics must be incorporated into the report to the extent available.

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Available.

Effective Date: The bill takes effect 90 days after adjournment of the session in which the bill is passed.