WSR 00-11-042

PERMANENT RULES

SECRETARY OF STATE


[ Filed May 11, 2000, 1:23 p.m. ]

Date of Adoption: May 11, 2000.

Purpose: To create a framework for designating political party abbreviations to be placed on the ballot.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 434-230-170 and 434-230-210.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 29.04.210 and 29.30.020.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 00-07-052 on March 8, 2000.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 1, Amended 2, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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.

May 11, 2000

Tracy Guerin

Deputy Secretary of State

OTS-3250.2


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 97-21-045, filed 10/13/97, effective 11/13/97)

WAC 434-230-170
Electronic voting devices -- Ballot form.

Each office on the ballot shall be identified, along with a statement designating how many candidates are to be voted on for such office (e.g., vote for . . . . . , with the words, "one," "two," or a spelled number). The office term shall be included on the ballot if such term is other than a full term (e.g., short/full term, two-year unexpired term, etc.). Each office shall be listed on the ballot in the manner prescribed by law or administrative rule. Following the office designation the names of all candidates for that position shall be listed together with political party designation certified by the secretary of state as provided in RCW 29.27.020 or the word "nonpartisan," or "NP" as applicable. Each office listed on the ballot shall be separated by a bold line. In a year in which a President of the United States is to be elected, the names of all candidates for President and Vice-President for each party shall be grouped together. Each group shall be enclosed in brackets with one vote response position for each party, where the voter may indicate their choice.

Candidate names shall be printed in a type style and point size which is easily read. If a candidate's name exceeds the space provided, the election official shall take whatever steps necessary to place the name on the ballot in a manner which is readable. These steps may include using a smaller point size, a different type style, or setting the name in upper/lower case letters, rather than upper case, if appropriate.

Each position, with the candidates running for that office, shall be clearly delineated from the following one by a bold line. Following each listing of candidates shall be a blank space for writing in the name of any candidate, if desired, on the ballot card, or a write-in space provided on the ballot envelope.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 29.04.080, 29.04.210, 29.36.150 and 29.79.200. 97-21-045, recodified as 434-230-170, filed 10/13/97, effective 11/13/97. Statutory Authority: RCW 29.04.080 and 29.04.210. 92-10-038, 434-30-170, filed 5/4/92, effective 6/4/92.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 97-21-045, filed 10/13/97, effective 11/13/97)

WAC 434-230-210
Paper ballots -- Ballot form.

Following ballot measures, each office to be elected shall be identified along with a statement designating how many candidates are to be voted on for such office (e.g., vote for . . . . . , with the words, "one," "two," or a spelled number). Office term shall be included on the ballot if such term is other than a full term (e.g., short/full term, two-year unexpired term, etc.). Offices shall be arranged in the manner described in RCW 29.30.020. Immediately following shall be the names of all candidates for that position, together with the political party designation certified by the secretary of state as provided in RCW 29.27.020 or the word "nonpartisan" or "NP." Each office to be elected shall be separated by a bold line. In a year in which a President of the United States is to be elected, the names of all candidates for President and Vice-President for each party shall be grouped together. Each group shall be enclosed in brackets with a single square to either the left or right in which the voter indicates their choice.

Candidates names shall be printed in a type style and point size which is easily read. If a candidate's name exceeds the space provided, the election official shall take whatever steps necessary to place the name on the ballot in a manner which is readable. These steps may include using a smaller point size, a different type style, or setting the name in upper/lower case letters, rather than upper case, if appropriate.

There shall be a box at either the left or right of the name of each candidate so that a voter may clearly indicate the candidate or candidates for whom they wish to cast their vote.

Immediately following the list of candidates for a given position shall appear a blank space or spaces for writing in the name of a candidate, followed by a box to the right of the blank space.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 29.04.080, 29.04.210, 29.36.150 and 29.79.200. 97-21-045, recodified as 434-230-210, filed 10/13/97, effective 11/13/97. Statutory Authority: RCW 29.04.080 and 29.04.210. 92-10-038, 434-30-210, filed 5/4/92, effective 6/4/92.]


NEW SECTION
WAC 434-230-220
Same party designations used for primary and general elections.

The party designations certified by the secretary of state in RCW 29.27.020 for primary elections shall be used on all general election ballots.

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