USA Statutes : washington
Title : Elections
Chapter : Primaries and elections
RCW 29A.52.210Local primaries.All city and town primaries shall be nonpartisan. Primaries for special purpose districts, except those districts that require ownership of property within the district as a prerequisite to voting, shall be nonpartisan. City, town, and district primaries shall be held as provided in *RCW 29A.04.310. The purpose of this section is to establish the holding of a primary, subject to the exemptions in RCW 29A.52.220, as a uniform procedural requirement to the holding of city, town, and district elections. These provisions supersede any and all other statutes, whether general or special in nature, having different election requirements.[2003 c 111 § 1305. Prior: 1990 c 59 § 89; 1977 c 53 § 3; 1975-'76 2nd ex.s. c 120 § 1; 1965 c 123 § 7; 1965 c 9 § 29.21.010; prior: 1951 c 257 § 7; 1949 c 161 § 3; Rem. Supp. 1949 § 5179-1. Formerly RCW 29.21.010.]Notes:*Reviser's note: RCW 29A.04.310 was repealed by 2004 c 271 § 193. Later enactment, see RCW 29A.04.311.Intent -- Effective date -- 1990 c 59: See notes following RCW 29A.04.013.Severability -- 1975-'76 2nd ex.s. c 120: "If any provision of this 1976 amendatory act, or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the act, or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances is not affected." [1975-'76 2nd ex.s. c 120 § 16.] RCW 29A.52.240Special election to fill unexpired term.Whenever it is necessary to hold a special election to fill an unexpired term of an elective office of any city, town, or district, the special election must be held in concert with the next general election that is to be held by the respective city, town, or district concerned for the purpose of electing officers to full terms. This section does not apply to any city of the first class whose charter provision relating to elections to fill unexpired terms are inconsistent with this section.[2003 c 111 § 1308; 1972 ex.s. c 61 § 7. Formerly RCW 29.21.410]Notes:Severability -- 1972 ex.s. c 61: "If any provision of this act, or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the act, or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances is not affected." [1972 ex.s. c 61 § 8.] RCW 29A.52.330Constitutional amendments and state measures Notice method.Subject to the availability of funds appropriated specifically for that purpose, the secretary of state shall publish notice of the proposed constitutional amendments and other state measures that are to be submitted to the people at a state general election up to four times during the four weeks immediately preceding that election in every legal newspaper in the state. The secretary of state shall supplement this publication with an equivalent amount of radio and television advertisements.[2003 c 111 § 1311. Prior: 1997 c 405 § 1; 1967 c 96 § 1; 1965 c 9 § 29.27.072; prior: 1961 c 176 § 1. Formerly RCW 29.27.072.] RCW 29A.52.340Constitutional amendments and state measures Notice contents.The newspaper and broadcast notice required by Article XXIII, section 1, of the state Constitution and RCW 29A.52.330 may set forth all or some of the following information: (1) A legal identification of the state measure to be voted upon. (2) The official ballot title of such state measure. (3) A brief statement explaining the constitutional provision or state law as it presently exists. (4) A brief statement explaining the effect of the state measure should it be approved. (5) The total number of votes cast for and against the measure in both the state senate and house of representatives. No individual candidate or incumbent public official may be referred to or identified in these notices or advertisements.[2003 c 111 § 1312. Prior: 1997 c 405 § 2; 1967 c 96 § 2; 1965 c 9 § 29.27.074; prior: 1961 c 176 § 2. Formerly RCW 29.27.074.] RCW 29A.52.130Blanket primary authorized.Except as provided otherwise in chapter 29A.56 RCW, all properly registered voters may vote for their choice at any primary held under this title, for any candidate for each office, regardless of political affiliation and without a declaration of political faith or adherence on the part of the voter.[2003 c 111 § 1304. Prior: 1990 c 59 § 88; 1965 c 9 § 29.18.200; prior: 1935 c 26 § 5, part; No RRS. Formerly RCW 29.18.200.]Notes:Intent -- Effective date -- 1990 c 59: See notes following RCW 29A.04.013. RCW 29A.52.220When no local primary permitted Procedure Expiration of subsection.(1) No primary may be held for any single position in any city, town, district, or district court, as required by RCW 29A.52.210, if, after the last day allowed for candidates to withdraw, there are no more than two candidates filed for the position. The county auditor shall, as soon as possible, notify all the candidates so affected that the office for which they filed will not appear on the primary ballot. (2) No primary may be held for nonpartisan offices in any first class city if the city: (a) Is a qualifying city that has been certified to participate in the pilot project authorized by RCW 29A.53.020; and (b) Is conducting an election using the instant runoff voting method for the pilot project authorized by RCW 29A.53.020. (c) This subsection (2) expires July 1, 2013. (3) No primary may be held for the office of commissioner of a park and recreation district or for the office of cemetery district commissioner. (4) Names of candidates for offices that do not appear on the primary ballot shall be printed upon the general election ballot in the manner specified by RCW 29A.36.131.[2005 c 153 § 10; 2003 c 111 § 1306. Prior: 1998 c 19 § 1; 1996 c 324 § 1; 1990 c 59 § 90; 1975-'76 2nd ex.s. c 120 § 2; 1965 c 9 §29.21.015 ; prior: 1955 c 101 § 2; 1955 c 4 § 1. Formerly RCW 29.21.015.]Notes:Captions not law -- Severability--2005 c 153: See RCW 29A.53.901 and 29A.53.902.Intent -- Effective date -- 1990 c 59: See notes following RCW 29A.04.013.Severability -- 1975-'76 2nd ex.s. c 120: See note following RCW 29A.52.210. RCW 29A.52.351Notice of election.Except as provided in RCW 29A.32.260, notice for any state, county, district, or municipal election, whether special or general, must be given by at least one publication not more than ten nor less than three days before the election by the county auditor or the officer conducting the election as the case may be, in one or more newspapers of general circulation within the county. The legal notice must contain the title of each office under the proper party designation, the names and addresses of all officers who have been nominated for an office to be voted upon at that election, together with the ballot titles of all measures, the hours during which the polls will be open, and the polling places for each precinct, giving the address of each polling place. The names of all candidates for nonpartisan offices must be published separately with designation of the offices for which they are candidates but without party designation. This is the only notice required for a state, county, district, or municipal general or special election and supersedes the provisions of any and all other statutes, whether general or special in nature, having different requirements for the giving of notice of any general or special elections.[2004 c 271 § 175.] RCW 29A.52.360Certificates of election to officers elected in single county or less.Immediately after the ascertainment of the result of an election for an office to be filled by the voters of a single county, or of a precinct, or of a constituency within a county for which the county auditor serves as supervisor of elections, the county auditor shall notify the person elected, and issue to the person a certificate of election.[2003 c 111 § 1314; 1965 c 9 § 29.27.100. Prior: 1961 c 130 § 8; prior: Code 1881 § 3096, part; 1866 p 6 § 2, part; 1865 p 39 § 7, part; RRS § 5343, part. Formerly RCW 29.27.100.] RCW 29A.52.370Certificates of election to other officers.Except as provided in the state Constitution, the governor shall issue certificates of election to those elected as senator or representative in the Congress of the United States and to state offices. The secretary of state shall issue certificates of election to those elected to the office of judge of the superior court in judicial districts comprising more than one county and to those elected to either branch of the state legislature in legislative districts comprising more than one county.[2003 c 111 § 1315; 1965 c 9 § 29.27.110. Prior: (i) 1933 c 92 § 1; RRS § 5343-1. (ii) Code 1881 § 3100, part; No RRS. Formerly RCW 29.27.110.]Notes:Judges of their own election and qualification -- Quorum: State Constitution Art. 2 § 8.Returns of elections, canvass, etc.: State Constitution Art. 3 § 4.