WSR 06-06-054

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

SECRETARY OF STATE


(Elections Division)

[ Filed February 28, 2006, 9:07 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Implementation of rules regarding the counting of ballots.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 29A.04.611.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The rules will address issues such as physically counting ballots when poll site ballot counters are used, comparing ballot counts at poll sites and the counting center, aggregating precinct results, calculations for levy requirements, and address confidentiality program participants.

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 Sheryl Moss, P.O. Box 40232, Olympia, WA 98504-0232, e-mail smoss@secstate.wa.gov, phone (360) 902-4146, fax (360) 664-6419.

February 28, 2006

Steve Excell

Assistant Secretary of State

Washington State Code Reviser's Office