USA Statutes : washington
Title : Elections
Chapter : Qualifications, terms, and requirements for elective offices
RCW 29A.20.010Preservation of declarations of candidacy.The secretary of state and each county auditor shall preserve all declarations of candidacy filed in their respective offices for six months. All declarations of candidacy must be open to public inspection.[2003 c 111 § 501; 1965 c 9 § 29.27.090. Prior: 1921 c 178 § 1, part; 1915 c 11 § 1, part; 1907 c 130 § 1, part; 1889 p 402 § 7, part; Code 1881 § 3067, part; 1865 p 30 § 1, part; RRS § 5171, part. Formerly RCW 29.27.090.] RCW 29A.20.030Local officers, beginning of terms Organization of district boards of directors.The term of every city, town, and district officer elected to office on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November of the odd-numbered years begins in accordance with RCW 29A.20.040. However, a person elected to less than a full term shall assume office as soon as the election returns have been certified and he or she is qualified in accordance with RCW 29A.04.133. Each board of directors of every district shall be organized at the first meeting held after one or more newly elected directors take office.[2003 c 111 § 503; 1979 ex.s. c 126 § 14; 1965 c 123 § 6; 1965 c 9 § 29.13.050. Prior: 1963 c 200 § 8; 1959 c 86 § 1; prior: 1951 c 257 § 6. (i) 1949 c 161 § 9; Rem. Supp. 1949 § 5146-1. (ii) 1949 c 163 § 1; 1921 c 61 § 4; Rem. Supp. 1949 § 5146. Formerly RCW 29.13.050.]Notes:Purpose -- 1979 ex.s. c 126: See RCW 29A.20.040(1). RCW 29A.20.040Local elected officials, commencement of term of office Purpose.(1) The legislature finds that certain laws are in conflict governing the assumption of office of various local officials. The purpose of this section is to provide a common date for the assumption of office for all the elected officials of counties, cities, towns, and special purpose districts other than school districts where the ownership of property is not a prerequisite of voting. A person elected to the office of school director begins his or her term of office at the first official meeting of the board of directors after certification of the election results. It is also the purpose of this section to remove these conflicts and delete old statutory language concerning such elections which is no longer necessary. (2) For elective offices of counties, cities, towns, and special purpose districts other than school districts where the ownership of property is not a prerequisite of voting, the term of incumbents ends and the term of successors begins after the successor is elected and qualified, and the term commences immediately after December 31st following the election, except as follows: (a) Where the term of office varies from this standard according to statute; and (b) If the election results have not been certified prior to January 1st after the election, in which event the time of commencement for the new term occurs when the successor becomes qualified in accordance with RCW 29A.04.133. (3) For elective offices governed by this section, the oath of office must be taken as the last step of qualification as defined in RCW 29A.04.133 but may be taken either: (a) Up to ten days prior to the scheduled date of assuming office; or (b) At the last regular meeting of the governing body of the applicable county, city, town, or special district held before the winner is to assume office.[2003 c 111 § 504; 1999 c 298 § 3; 1980 c 35 § 7; 1979 ex.s. c 126 § 1. Formerly RCW 29.04.170.]Notes:Severability -- 1980 c 35: See note following RCW 28A.343.300. RCW 29A.20.110Definitions "Convention" and "election jurisdiction."A "convention" for the purposes of this chapter, is an organized assemblage of registered voters representing an independent candidate or candidates or a new or minor political party, organization, or principle. As used in this chapter, the term "election jurisdiction" shall mean the state or any political subdivision or jurisdiction of the state from which partisan officials are elected. This term shall include county commissioner districts or council districts for members of a county legislative authority, counties for county officials who are nominated and elected on a county-wide basis, legislative districts for members of the legislature, congressional districts for members of Congress, and the state for president and vice president, members of the United States senate, and state officials who are elected on a statewide basis.[2003 c 111 § 505; 1977 ex.s. c 329 § 1; 1965 c 9 § 29.24.010. Prior: 1955 c 102 § 2; prior: 1937 c 94 § 2, part; RRS § 5168, part. Formerly RCW 29.24.010.]Notes:Minor political party defined: RCW 29A.04.097.Voter registration: Chapter 29A.08 RCW. RCW 29A.20.130Convention Notice.Each minor party or independent candidate must publish a notice in a newspaper of general circulation within the county in which the party or the candidate intends to hold a convention. The notice must appear at least ten days before the convention is to be held, and shall state the date, time, and place of the convention. Additionally, it shall include the mailing address of the person or organization sponsoring the convention.[2003 c 111 § 507. Prior: 1989 c 215 § 1. Formerly RCW 29.24.025.] RCW 29A.20.200Declarations of candidacy required, exceptions Payment of fees.Not later than the Friday immediately preceding the first day for candidates to file, the secretary of state shall notify the county auditors of the names and designations of all minor party and independent candidates who have filed valid convention certificates and nominating petitions with that office. Except for the offices of president and vice president, persons nominated under this chapter shall file declarations of candidacy as provided by RCW *29A.24.030 and 29A.24.070. The name of a candidate nominated at a convention shall not be printed upon the primary ballot unless he or she pays the fee required by law to be paid by candidates for the same office to be nominated at a primary.[2003 c 111 § 514; 1990 c 59 § 103; 1989 c 215 § 8; 1977 ex.s. c 329 § 7; 1965 c 9 §29.24.070 . Prior: 1955 c 102 § 7; prior: (i) 1937 c 94 § 7, part; RRS § 5170-3, part. (ii) 1907 c 209 § 26, part; RRS § 5203, part. Formerly RCW 29.24.070.]Notes:*Reviser's note: RCW 29A.24.030 was repealed by 2004 c 271 § 193. Later enactment, see RCW 29A.24.031.Intent -- Effective date -- 1990 c 59: See notes following RCW 29A.04.013.