WSR 06-14-045

EXPEDITED RULES

SECRETARY OF STATE


(Elections Division)

[ Filed June 28, 2006, 9:46 a.m. ]

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Certification of election administrators.

NOTICE

THIS RULE IS BEING PROPOSED UNDER AN EXPEDITED RULE-MAKING PROCESS THAT WILL ELIMINATE THE NEED FOR THE AGENCY TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS, PREPARE A SMALL BUSINESS ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENT, OR PROVIDE RESPONSES TO THE CRITERIA FOR A SIGNIFICANT LEGISLATIVE RULE. IF YOU OBJECT TO THIS USE OF THE EXPEDITED RULE-MAKING PROCESS, YOU MUST EXPRESS YOUR OBJECTIONS IN WRITING AND THEY MUST BE SENT TO Katie Blinn, Office of the Secretary of State, P.O. Box 40220, Olympia, WA 98504-0220 , AND RECEIVED BY September 5, 2006.


Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: To allow election administrators to complete their two years of required service within a three year period for purposes of certification.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: More flexibility is needed because of unexpected departures from service.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 29A.04.611.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Name of Proponent: Office of the secretary of state, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Katie Blinn, Legislative Building, Olympia, (360) 902-4168; Implementation and Enforcement: Sheryl Moss, 520 Union Avenue S.E., Olympia, (360) 902-4146.

June 27, 2006

Steve Excell

Assistant Secretary of State

OTS-8995.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 01-11-111, filed 5/21/01, effective 6/21/01)

WAC 434-260-220   Certification of election administrators.   Election administrators shall become certified upon completion of the following:

(1) Completion of the secretary of state's mandatory orientation course;

(2) Two years((' continuous)) of service ((as an election administrator)) during the three-year period immediately prior to the ((date of a)) request for initial certification;

(3) Taking and passing the open book written test described in WAC 434-260-260;

(4) A minimum of forty hours participation in conferences and workshops involving elections related subjects or subjects approved by the election administration and certification board and sponsored by:

(a) Washington Association of County Auditors;

(b) Secretary of state;

(c) The Elections Center;

(d) Visiting other county election departments for training and/or orientation purposes (maximum four hours);

(e) The Federal Election Commission;

(f) Other national associations related to elections or government administration, approved by the Election Administration and Certification Board; or

(g) Other conferences or courses approved by the Election Administration and Certification Board.

Such training shall be received not more than five years prior to the date of a request for initial certification and shall include at least thirty hours of election-specific training.

(5) A high school diploma or its equivalent.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 29.60.020. 01-11-111, 434-260-220, filed 5/21/01, effective 6/21/01; 99-12-004, 434-260-220, filed 5/19/99, effective 6/19/99. 98-08-010, recodified as 434-260-220, filed 3/18/98, effective 3/18/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 29.60.020. 94-07-018, 434-60-220, filed 3/8/94, effective 4/8/94.]

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