WSR 97-18-014

PERMANENT RULES

SECRETARY OF STATE

[Filed August 25, 1997, 10:02 a.m.]

Date of Adoption: June 30, 1997.

Purpose: To allow county auditors to be exempted from submitting voter registration signature cards if certain requirements are met.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 20.04.080 and 29.07.120.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 97-09-099 on April 23, 1997.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 1, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

August 25, 1997

Donald F. Whiting

Assistant Secretary of State

NEW SECTION

WAC 434-24-065 Exemption of transmittal of signature cards to the secretary of state. Pursuant to the requirements of RCW 29.07.120, a county auditor shall be exempted from transmitting voter registration cards required by RCW 29.07.090 and 29.10.100, by providing the secretary of state access to electronic voter registration and electronic voter signature information, provided that access to the electronic data shall meet the specifications defined by the secretary of state and agreed to by the county auditor through interlocal agreement. If access to the electronic data is suspended by the county auditor, the county auditor shall provide a complete alphabetical copy of all voter registration records in that county. The records shall contain the voter's name, date of registration, voter registration number, and a facsimile of the voter's signature. The office of the county auditor shall pay for all costs incurred by the secretary of state in reestablishing a voter registration card file system.

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