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USA Statutes : washington
Title : Elections
Chapter : Contesting an election
RCW 29A.68.020Commencement by registered voter Causes for.Any registered voter may contest the right of any person declared elected to an office to be issued a certificate of election for any of the following causes: (1) For misconduct on the part of any member of any precinct election board involved therein; (2) Because the person whose right is being contested was not at the time the person was declared elected eligible to that office; (3) Because the person whose right is being contested was previous to the election convicted of a felony by a court of competent jurisdiction, the conviction not having been reversed nor the person's civil rights restored after the conviction; (4) Because the person whose right is being contested gave a bribe or reward to a voter or to an inspector or judge of election for the purpose of procuring the election, or offered to do so; (5) On account of illegal votes. (a) Illegal votes include but are not limited to the following: (i) More than one vote cast by a single voter; (ii) A vote cast by a person disqualified under Article VI, section 3 of the state Constitution. (b) Illegal votes do not include votes cast by improperly registered voters who were not properly challenged under RCW 29A.08.810 and 29A.08.820. All election contests must proceed under *RCW 29A.68.010.[2003 c 111 1702; 1983 1st ex.s. c 30 6; 1977 ex.s. c 361 101; 1965 c 9 29.65.010. Prior: 1959 c 329 26; prior: (i) Code 1881 3105; 1865 p 42 1; RRS 5366. (ii) Code 1881 3109; 1865 p 43 5; RRS 5370. Formerly RCW 29.65.010.]Notes:*Reviser's note: RCW 29A.68.010 was repealed by 2004 c 271 193. Later enactment, see RCW 29A.68.011.Effective date -- Severability -- 1977 ex.s. c 361: See notes following RCW 29A.16.040.Civil rightsloss of: State Constitution Art. 6 3, RCW 29A.08.520.restoration of: RCW 9.92.066, 9.94A.637, 9.94A.885, 9.95.260, chapter 9.96 RCW. RCW 29A.68.030Affidavit of error or omission Time for filing Contents Witnesses.An affidavit of an elector with respect to *RCW 29A.68.010(6) must be filed with the appropriate court no later than ten days following the issuance of a certificate of election and must set forth specifically: (1) The name of the contestant and that he or she is a registered voter in the county, district or precinct, as the case may be, in which the office is to be exercised; (2) The name of the person whose right is being contested; (3) The office; (4) The particular causes of the contest. No statement of contest may be dismissed for want of form if the particular causes of contest are alleged with sufficient certainty. The person charged with the error or omission must be given the opportunity to call any witness, including the candidate to whom he or she has issued or intends to issue the certificate of election.[2003 c 111 1703; 1977 ex.s. c 361 102; 1965 c 9 29.65.020. Prior: (i) Code 1881 3110; 1865 p 43 6; RRS 5371. (ii) Code 1881 3112; 1865 p 44 8; RRS 5373. Formerly RCW 29.65.020.]Notes:*Reviser's note: RCW 29A.68.010 was repealed by 2004 c 271 193. Later enactment, see RCW 29A.68.011.Effective date -- Severability -- 1977 ex.s. c 361: See notes following RCW 29A.16.040. RCW 29A.68.040Hearing date Issuance of citation Service.Upon such affidavit being filed, the clerk shall inform the judge of the appropriate court, who may give notice, and order a session of the court to be held at the usual place of holding the court, on some day to be named by the judge, not less than ten nor more than twenty days from the date of the notice, to hear and determine such contested election. If no session is called for the purpose, the contest must be determined at the first regular session of court after the statement is filed. The clerk of the court shall also at the time issue a citation for the person charged with the error or omission, to appear at the time and place specified in the notice. The citation must be delivered to the sheriff and be served upon the party in person; or if the person cannot be found, by leaving a copy thereof at the house where the person last resided.[2003 c 111 1704; 1977 ex.s. c 361 103; 1965 c 9 29.65.040. Prior: (i) Code 1881 3113; 1865 p 44 9; RRS 5374. (ii) Code 1881 3114; 1865 p 45 10; RRS 5375. Formerly RCW 29.65.040.]Notes:Effective date -- Severability -- 1977 ex.s. c 361: See notes following RCW 29A.16.040. RCW 29A.68.050Witnesses to attend Hearing of contest Judgment.The clerk shall issue subpoenas for witnesses in such contested election at the request of either party, which shall be served by the sheriff or constable, as other subpoenas, and the superior court shall have full power to issue attachments to compel the attendance of witnesses who shall have been duly subpoenaed to attend if they fail to do so. The court shall meet at the time and place designated to determine such contested election by the rules of law and evidence governing the determination of questions of law and fact, so far as the same may be applicable, and may dismiss the proceedings if the statement of the cause or causes of contest is insufficient, or for want of prosecution. After hearing the proofs and allegations of the parties, the court shall pronounce judgment in the premises, either confirming or annulling and setting aside such election, according to the law and right of the case. If in any such case it shall appear that another person than the one returned has the highest number of legal votes, said court shall declare such person duly elected.[2003 c 111 1705. Prior: 1965 c 9 29.65.050; prior: (i) Code 1881 3115; 1865 p 45 11; RRS 5376. (ii) Code 1881 3116; 1865 p 45 12; RRS 5377. (iii) Code 1881 3117; 1865 p 45 13; RRS 5378. FORMER PARTS OF SECTION: (i) Code 1881 3119; 1865 p 45 15; RRS 5379, now codified in RCW 29.65.055. (ii) Code 1881 3120; 1865 p 45 16; RRS 5380, now codified in RCW 29.65.055. Formerly RCW 29.65.050.] RCW 29A.68.060Costs, how awarded.If the proceedings are dismissed for insufficiency, want of prosecution, or the election is by the court confirmed, judgment shall be rendered against the party contesting such election for costs, in favor of the party charged with error or omission. If such election is annulled and set aside, judgment for costs shall be rendered against the party charged with the error or omission and in favor of the party alleging the same.[2003 c 111 1706. Prior: 1977 ex.s. c 361 104; 1965 c 9 29.65.055 ; prior: (i) Code 1881 3119; 1865 p 45 15; RRS 5379; formerly RCW 29.65.050, part. (ii) Code 1881 3120; 1865 p 45 16; RRS 5380, formerly RCW 29.65.050, part. Formerly RCW 29.65.055.]Notes:Effective date -- Severability -- 1977 ex.s. c 361: See notes following RCW 29A.16.040. RCW 29A.68.070Misconduct of board Irregularity material to result.No irregularity or improper conduct in the proceedings of any election board or any member of the board amounts to such malconduct as to annul or set aside any election unless the irregularity or improper conduct was such as to procure the person whose right to the office may be contested, to be declared duly elected although the person did not receive the highest number of legal votes.[2003 c 111 1707; 1965 c 9 29.65.060 . Prior: Code 1881 3106; 1865 p 43 2; RRS 5367. Formerly RCW 29.65.060.] RCW 29A.68.080Misconduct of board Number of votes affected Enough to change result.When any election for an office exercised in and for a county is contested on account of any malconduct on the part of any election board, or any member thereof, the election shall not be annulled and set aside upon any proof thereof, unless the rejection of the vote of such precinct or precincts will change the result as to such office in the remaining vote of the county.[2003 c 111 1708. Prior: 1965 c 9 29.65.070; prior: Code 1881 3107; 1865 p 43 3; RRS 5368. Formerly RCW 29.65.070.] RCW 29A.68.090Illegal votes Allegation of.When the reception of illegal votes is alleged as a cause of contest, it is sufficient to state generally that illegal votes were cast, that, if given to the person whose election is contested in the specified precinct or precincts, will, if taken from that person, reduce the number of the person's legal votes below the number of legal votes given to some other person for the same office.[2003 c 111 1709; 1965 c 9 29.65.080. Prior: Code 1881 3111, part; 1865 p 44 7, part; RRS 5372, part. Formerly RCW 29.65.080.] RCW 29A.68.100Illegal votes List required for testimony.No testimony may be received as to any illegal votes unless the party contesting the election delivers to the opposite party, at least three days before trial, a written list of the number of illegal votes and by whom given, that the contesting party intends to prove at the trial. No testimony may be received as to any illegal votes, except as to such as are specified in the list.[2003 c 111 1710; 1965 c 9 29.65.090. Prior: Code 1881 3111, part; 1865 p 44 7, part; RRS 5372, part. Formerly RCW 29.65.090.] RCW 29A.68.110Illegal votes Number of votes affected Enough to change result.No election may be set aside on account of illegal votes, unless it appears that an amount of illegal votes has been given to the person whose right is being contested, that, if taken from that person, would reduce the number of the person's legal votes below the number of votes given to some other person for the same office, after deducting therefrom the illegal votes that may be shown to have been given to the other person.[2003 c 111 1711; 1965 c 9 29.65.100. Prior: Code 1881 3108; 1865 p 43 4; RRS 5369. Formerly RCW 29.65.100.] RCW 29A.68.120Election set aside Appeal period.If an election is set aside by the judgment of the superior court and if no appeal is taken therefrom within ten days, the certificate issued shall be thereby rendered void.[2003 c 111 1712; 1965 c 9 29.65.120. Prior: Code 1881 3123, part; 1865 p 46 19, part; RRS 5382, part. Formerly RCW 29.65.120.]

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