WSR 09-01-051

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

SECRETARY OF STATE


(Elections Division)

[ Filed December 10, 2008, 3:41 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The election division of the secretary of state's office is considering amending rules regarding voter registration, voting systems, jurisdiction questionnaires, sample ballots, absentee voting, recounts, certifications of elections and rules necessary to implement legislation passed in 2009.

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: Additional rules regarding a number of issues are needed for preparation and implementation of upcoming elections.

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 Joanie Deutsch, Policy Analyst for the Elections Division, P.O. Box 40220, Olympia, WA 98504-0220, (360) 902-4182, jdeutsch@secstate.wa.gov.

December 10, 2008

Steve Excell

Assistant Secretary of State

Washington State Code Reviser's Office