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Title : Elections
Chapter : Filing for office
RCW 29A.24.010Officials to designate position numbers, when Effect.Not less than thirty days before the first day for filing declarations of candidacy under RCW 29A.24.050 for legislative, judicial, county, city, town, or district office, where more than one position with the same name, district number, or title will be voted upon at the succeeding election, the filing officer shall designate the positions to be filled by number.  The positions so designated shall be dealt with as separate offices for all election purposes. With the exception of the office of justice of the supreme court, the position numbers shall be assigned, whenever possible, to reflect the position numbers that were used to designate the same positions at the last full-term election for those offices.[2003 c 111 § 601. Prior: 1990 c 59 § 79; 1965 c 52 § 1. Formerly RCW 29.15.130, 29.18.015.] RCW 29A.24.020Designation of short terms, full terms, and unexpired terms Filing declarations Election to both short and full terms.If at the same election there are short terms or full terms and unexpired terms of office to be filled, the filing officer shall distinguish them and designate the short term, the full term, and the unexpired term, as such, or by use of the words "short term," "unexpired two year term," or "four year term," as the case may be.  In filing the declaration of candidacy in such cases the candidate shall specify that the candidacy is for the short term, the full term, or the unexpired term. When both a short term and a full term for the same position are scheduled to be voted upon, or when a short term is created after the close of the filing period, a single declaration of candidacy accompanied by a single filing fee shall be construed as a filing for both the short term and the full term and the name of such candidate shall appear upon the ballot for the position sought with the designation "short term and full term." The candidate elected to both such terms shall be sworn into and assume office for the short term as soon as the election returns have been certified and shall again be sworn into office on the second Monday in January following the election to assume office for the full term.[2003 c 111 § 602. Prior: 1990 c 59 § 92; 1975-'76 2nd ex.s. c 120 § 4; 1965 c 9 § 29.21.140; prior: (i) 1927 c 155 § 1, part; 1925 ex.s. c 68 § 1, part; 1921 c 116 § 1, part; 1919 c 85 § 1, part; 1911 c 101 § 1, part; 1909 c 82 § 11, part; 1907 c 209 § 38, part; RRS § 5212, part. (ii) 1933 c 85 § 1, part; RRS § 5213-1, part. Formerly RCW 29.15.140, 29.21.140.]Notes:Severability -- 1975-'76 2nd ex.s. c 120: See note following RCW 29A.52.210.Term of person elected to fill vacancy: RCW 42.12.030.Vacancies in public office, how filled: RCW 42.12.010. RCW 29A.24.040Declaration of candidacy Electronic filing.A candidate may file his or her declaration of candidacy for an office by electronic means on a system specifically designed and authorized by a filing officer to accept filings.  (1) Filings that are received electronically must capture all information specified in *RCW 29A.24.030 (1) through (4).  (2) Electronic filing may begin at 9:00 a.m. the fourth Monday in July and continue through 4:00 p.m. the following Friday.  (3) In case of special filing periods established in this chapter, electronic filings may be accepted beginning at 9:00 a.m. on the first day of the special filing period through 4:00 p.m. the last day of the special filing period.[2003 c 111 § 604. Prior: 2002 c 140 § 2. Formerly RCW 29.15.044.]Notes:*Reviser's note: RCW 29A.24.030 was repealed by 2004 c 271 § 193. Later enactment, see RCW 29A.24.031.Implementation -- 2002 c 140: "The secretary of state may take the necessary steps to ensure that this act is implemented on its effective date." [2002 c 140 § 5.]Captions not law -- 2002 c 140: "Section captions used in this act are not part of the law." [2002 c 140 § 6.] RCW 29A.24.050Declaration of candidacy Certain offices, when filed.Except where otherwise provided by this title, declarations of candidacy for the following offices shall be filed during regular business hours with the filing officer no earlier than the fourth Monday in July and no later than the following Friday in the year in which the office is scheduled to be voted upon:  (1) Offices that are scheduled to be voted upon for full terms or both full terms and short terms at, or in conjunction with, a state general election; and  (2) Offices where a vacancy, other than a short term, exists that has not been filled by election and for which an election to fill the vacancy is required in conjunction with the next state general election.  This section supersedes all other statutes that provide for a different filing period for these offices.[2003 c 111 § 605. Prior: 1990 c 59 § 81; 1986 c 167 § 8; 1984 c 142 § 2. Formerly RCW 29.15.020, 29.18.025.]Notes:Severability -- 1986 c 167: See note following RCW 29A.04.049.Intent -- 1984 c 142: "It is the intention of the legislature that this act shall provide an equitable qualifying procedure for candidates who, at the time of filing, lack sufficient assets or income to pay the filing fees otherwise required of candidates for public office." [1984 c 142 § 1.] RCW 29A.24.060Candidates' names Nicknames.When filing for office, a candidate may indicate the manner in which he or she desires his or her name to be printed on the ballot. For filing purposes, a candidate may use a nickname by which he or she is commonly known as his or her first name, but the last name shall be the name under which he or she is registered to vote.  No candidate may:  (1) Use a nickname that denotes present or past occupation, including military rank;  (2) Use a nickname that denotes the candidate's position on issues or political affiliation;  (3) Use a nickname designed intentionally to mislead voters.[2003 c 111 § 606; 1990 c 59 § 83. Formerly RCW 29.15.090.] RCW 29A.24.070Declaration of candidacy Where filed Copy to public disclosure commission.Declarations of candidacy shall be filed with the following filing officers:  (1) The secretary of state for declarations of candidacy for statewide offices, United States senate, and United States house of representatives;  (2) The secretary of state for declarations of candidacy for the state legislature, the court of appeals, and the superior court when the candidate is seeking office in a district comprised of voters from two or more counties. The secretary of state and the county auditor may accept declarations of candidacy for candidates for the state legislature, the court of appeals, and the superior court when the candidate is seeking office in a district comprised of voters from one county;  (3) The county auditor for all other offices. For any nonpartisan office, other than judicial offices and school director in joint districts, where voters from a district comprising more than one county vote upon the candidates, a declaration of candidacy shall be filed with the county auditor of the county in which a majority of the registered voters of the district reside. For school directors in joint school districts, the declaration of candidacy shall be filed with the county auditor of the county designated by the state board of education as the county to which the joint school district is considered as belonging under RCW 28A.323.040;  (4) For all other purposes of this title, a declaration of candidacy for the state legislature, the court of appeals, and the superior court filed with the secretary of state shall be deemed to have been filed with the county auditor when the candidate is seeking office in a district composed of voters from one county.  Each official with whom declarations of candidacy are filed under this section, within one business day following the closing of the applicable filing period, shall transmit to the public disclosure commission the information required in RCW 29A.24.031 (1) through (4) for each declaration of candidacy filed in his or her office during such filing period or a list containing the name of each candidate who files such a declaration in his or her office during such filing period together with a precise identification of the position sought by each such candidate and the date on which each such declaration was filed. Such official, within three days following his or her receipt of any letter withdrawing a person's name as a candidate, shall also forward a copy of such withdrawal letter to the public disclosure commission.[2005 c 221 § 1; 2003 c 111 § 607; 2002 c 140 § 4; 1998 c 22 § 1; 1990 c 59 § 84; 1977 ex.s. c 361 § 30; 1975-'76 2nd ex.s. c 112 § 1; 1965 c 9 § 29.18.040. Prior: 1907 c 209 § 7; RRS § 5184. Formerly RCW 29.15.030, 29.18.040.]Notes:Implementation -- Captions not law -- 2002 c 140: See notes following RCW 29A.24.040.Effective date -- Severability -- 1977 ex.s. c 361: See notes following RCW 29A.16.040.Construction -- 1975-'76 2nd ex.s. c 112: RCW 42.17.945.Severability -- 1975-'76 2nd ex.s. c 112: RCW 42.17.912.Public disclosure -- Campaign finances, lobbying, records: Chapter 42.17 RCW. RCW 29A.24.120Date for withdrawal Notice.Each person who files a declaration of candidacy for an elected office of a city, town, or special district shall be given written notice of the date by which a candidate may withdraw his or her candidacy under *RCW 29A.24.130.[2003 c 111 § 612. Prior: 1994 c 223 § 7. Formerly RCW 29.15.125.]Notes:*Reviser's note: RCW 29A.24.130 was repealed by 2004 c 271 § 193. Later enactment, see RCW 29A.24.131. RCW 29A.24.171Reopening of filing Before sixth Tuesday before primary.Filings for a nonpartisan office shall be reopened for a period of three normal business days, such three-day period to be fixed by the election officer with whom such declarations of candidacy are filed and notice thereof given by notifying press, radio, and television in the county and by such other means as may now or hereafter be provided by law whenever before the sixth Tuesday prior to a primary:  (1) A void in candidacy occurs;  (2) A vacancy occurs in any nonpartisan office leaving an unexpired term to be filled by an election for which filings have not been held; or  (3) A nominee for judge of the superior court entitled to a certificate of election pursuant to Article 4, section 29, Amendment 41 of the state Constitution, dies or is disqualified.  Candidacies validly filed within said three-day period shall appear on the ballot as if made during the earlier filing period.[2004 c 271 § 165.] RCW 29A.24.181Reopening of filing After sixth Tuesday before primary.Filings for a nonpartisan office (other than judge of the supreme court or superintendent of public instruction) shall be reopened for a period of three normal business days, such three-day period to be fixed by the election officer with whom such declarations of candidacy are filed and notice thereof given by notifying press, radio, and television in the county and by such other means as may now or hereafter be provided by law, when:  (1) A void in candidacy for such nonpartisan office occurs on or after the sixth Tuesday prior to a primary but prior to the sixth Tuesday before an election; or  (2) A nominee for judge of the superior court eligible after a contested primary for a certificate of election by Article 4, section 29, Amendment 41 of the state Constitution, dies or is disqualified within the ten-day period immediately following the last day allotted for a candidate to withdraw; or  (3) A vacancy occurs in any nonpartisan office on or after the sixth Tuesday prior to a primary but prior to the sixth Tuesday before an election leaving an unexpired term to be filled by an election for which filings have not been held.  The candidate receiving a plurality of the votes cast for that office in the general election shall be deemed elected.[2004 c 271 § 166.] RCW 29A.24.200Lapse of election when no filing for single positions Effect.If after both the normal filing period and special three day filing period as provided by *RCW 29A.24.170 and 29A.24.180 have passed, no candidate has filed for any single city, town, or district position to be filled, the election for such position shall be deemed lapsed, the office deemed stricken from the ballot and no write-in votes counted. In such instance, the incumbent occupying such position shall remain in office and continue to serve until a successor is elected at the next election when such positions are voted upon.[2003 c 111 § 620. Prior: 1994 c 223 § 8; 1975-'76 2nd ex.s. c 120 § 13. Formerly RCW 29.15.200, 29.21.385.]Notes:*Reviser's note: RCW 29A.24.170 and 29A.24.180 were repealed by 2004 c 271 § 193. Later enactment, see RCW 29A.24.171 and 29A.24.181.Severability -- 1975-'76 2nd ex.s. c 120: See note following RCW 29A.52.210. RCW 29A.24.210Vacancy in partisan elective office Special filing period. (Effective if unconstitutionality of Initiative Measure No. 872 is affirmed by pending appeal.)Filings for a partisan elective office shall be opened for a period of three normal business days whenever, on or after the first day of the regular filing period and before the sixth Tuesday prior to a primary, a vacancy occurs in that office, leaving an unexpired term to be filled by an election for which filings have not been held.  Any such special three-day filing period shall be fixed by the election officer with whom declarations of candidacy for that office are filed. The election officer shall give notice of the special three-day filing period by notifying the press, radio, and television in the county or counties involved, and by such other means as may be required by law.  Candidacies validly filed within the special three-day filing period shall appear on the primary ballot as if filed during the regular filing period.[2003 c 111 § 621. Prior: 2001 c 46 § 3; 1981 c 180 § 2. Formerly RCW 29.15.230, 29.18.032.]Notes:Reviser's note: (1) Initiative Measure No. 872 was declared unconstitutional in its entirety in Washington State Republican Party, et al. v. Logan, et al., U.S.D.C. No. CV05-0927-TSZ (W.D. Wash. 2005). The decision was under appeal at the time this material was published.  *(2) RCW 29A.24.140, 29A.24.150, 29A.24.160, and 29A.24.170 were repealed by 2004 c 271 § 193. Later enactment, see RCW 29A.24.141, 29A.24.151, 29A.24.161, and 29A.24.171.Short title -- Intent -- Contingent effective date -- 2005 c 2 (Initiative Measure No. 872): See notes following RCW 29A.52.112.Severability -- 1981 c 180: See note following RCW 42.12.040.Vacancy in partisan elective office, successor elected, when: RCW 42.12.040.Vacancy in United States senate, special filing period in 1983: Chapter 1, Laws of 1983 3rd ex. sess. (uncodified). RCW 29A.24.320Write-in candidates Notice to auditors, ballot counters.The secretary of state shall notify each county auditor of any declarations filed with the secretary under *RCW 29A.24.310 for offices appearing on the ballot in that county. The county auditor shall ensure that those persons charged with counting the ballots for a primary or election are notified of all valid write-in candidates before the tabulation of those ballots.[2003 c 111 § 623. Prior: 1988 c 181 § 2. Formerly RCW 29.04.190.]Notes:*Reviser's note: RCW 29A.24.310 was repealed by 2004 c 271 § 193. Later enactment, see RCW 29A.24.311.

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