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USA Statutes : washington
Title : Elections
Chapter : Recounts
RCW 29A.64.030Deposit of fees Notice Public proceeding.An application for a recount shall state the office for which a recount is requested and whether the request is for all or only a portion of the votes cast in that jurisdiction of that office. The person filing an application for a manual recount shall, at the same time, deposit with the county canvassing board or secretary of state, in cash or by certified check, a sum equal to twenty-five cents for each ballot cast in the jurisdiction or portion of the jurisdiction for which the recount is requested as security for the payment of any costs of conducting the recount. If the application is for a machine recount, the deposit must be equal to fifteen cents for each ballot. These charges shall be determined by the county canvassing board or boards under RCW 29A.64.081. The county canvassing board shall determine the date, time, and place or places at which the recount will be conducted. Not less than two days before the date of the recount, the county auditor shall mail a notice of the time and place of the recount to the applicant or affected parties and, if the recount involves an office, to any person for whom votes were cast for that office. The county auditor shall also notify the affected parties by either telephone, fax, e-mail, or other electronic means at the time of mailing. At least three attempts must be made over a two-day period to notify the affected parties or until the affected parties have received the notification. Each attempt to notify affected parties must request a return response indicating that the notice has been received. Each person entitled to receive notice of the recount may attend, witness the recount, and be accompanied by counsel. Proceedings of the canvassing board are public under chapter 42.30 RCW. Subject to reasonable and equitable guidelines adopted by the canvassing board, all interested persons may attend and witness a recount.[2005 c 243 20; 2003 c 111 1603. Prior: 2001 c 225 5; 1991 c 81 36; 1987 c 54 5; 1977 ex.s. c 361 99; 1965 c 9 29.64.020; prior: 1961 c 50 2; 1955 c 215 2. Formerly RCW 29.64.020.]Notes:Effective date -- 1991 c 81: See note following RCW 29A.84.540.Effective date -- Severability -- 1977 ex.s. c 361: See notes following RCW 29A.16.040. RCW 29A.64.050Partial recount requiring complete recount.When a partial recount of votes cast for an office or issue changes the result of the election, the canvassing board or the secretary of state, if the office or issue is being recounted at his or her direction, shall order a complete recount of all ballots cast for the office or issue for the jurisdiction in question. This recount will be conducted in a manner consistent with *RCW 29A.64.020.[2003 c 111 1605. Prior: 2001 c 225 7. Formerly RCW 29.64.035.]Notes:*Reviser's note: RCW 29A.64.020 was repealed by 2004 c 271 193. Later enactment, see RCW 29A.64.021. RCW 29A.64.070Limitation.After the original count, canvass, and certification of results, the votes cast in any single precinct may not be recounted and the results recertified more than twice.[2003 c 111 1607. Prior: 2001 c 225 9; 1991 c 90 3. Formerly RCW 29.64.051.]Notes:Finding, purpose -- 1991 c 90: "The legislature finds that it is in the public interest to determine the winner of close contests for elective offices as expeditiously and as accurately as possible. It is the purpose of this act to provide procedures which promote the prompt and accurate recounting of votes for elective offices and which provide closure to the recount process." [1991 c 90 1.] RCW 29A.64.090Statewide measures When mandatory Cost at state expense.When the official canvass of returns of any election reveals that the difference in the number of votes cast for the approval of a statewide measure and the number of votes cast for the rejection of such measure is less than two thousand votes and also less than one-half of one percent of the total number of votes cast on such measure, the secretary of state shall direct that a recount of all votes cast on such measure be made on such measure, in the manner provided by *RCW 29A.64.040 and 29A.64.060, and the cost of such recount will be at state expense.[2003 c 111 1609. Prior: 2001 c 225 11; 1973 c 82 1. Formerly RCW 29.64.080.]Notes:*Reviser's note: RCW 29A.64.040 and 29A.64.060 were repealed by 2004 c 271 193. Later enactment, see RCW 29A.64.041 and 29A.64.061. RCW 29A.64.100Statewide measures Funds for additional expenses.Each county auditor shall file with the secretary of state a statement listing only the additional expenses incurred whenever a mandatory recount of the votes cast on a state measure is made as provided in RCW 29A.64.090. The secretary of state shall include in his or her biennial budget request a provision for sufficient funds to carry out the provisions of this section. Payments hereunder shall be from appropriations specifically provided for such purpose by law.[2003 c 111 1610; 1977 ex.s. c 144 5; 1973 c 82 2. Formerly RCW 29.64.090.]

USA Statutes : washington