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USA Statutes : washington
Title : Elections
Chapter : Voting by mail
RCW 29A.48.010Mail ballot counties and precincts.(1) With express authorization from the county legislative authority, the county auditor may conduct all primary, special, and general elections entirely by mail ballot. The county legislative authority must give the county auditor at least ninety days' notice before the first election to be conducted entirely by mail ballot. If the county legislative authority and the county auditor decide to return to a polling place election environment, the county legislative authority must give the county auditor at least one hundred eighty days' notice before the first election to be conducted using polling places. Authorization under this subsection must apply to all primary, special, and general elections conducted by the county auditor.  (2) The county auditor may designate any precinct having fewer than two hundred active registered voters at the time of closing of voter registration as provided in RCW 29A.08.140 as a mail ballot precinct. Authorization from the county legislative authority is not required to designate a precinct as a mail ballot precinct under this subsection. In determining the number of registered voters in a precinct for the purposes of this section, persons who are ongoing absentee voters under RCW 29A.40.040 shall not be counted. Nothing in this section may be construed as altering the vote tallying requirements of RCW 29A.60.230.  (3) The county auditor shall notify each registered voter by mail that for all future primaries and elections the voting will be by mail ballot only. The auditor shall mail each active voter a ballot at least eighteen days before a primary, general election, or special election. The auditor shall send each inactive voter either a ballot or an application to receive a ballot at least eighteen days before a primary, general election, or special election. The auditor shall determine which of the two is to be sent. If the inactive voter returns a voted ballot, the ballot shall be counted and the voter's status restored to active. If the inactive voter completes and returns an application, a ballot shall be sent and the voter's status restored to active. The requirements regarding certification, reporting, and the mailing of overseas and military ballots in RCW 29A.40.070 apply to elections conducted by mail ballot.  (4) If the county legislative authority and county auditor determine under subsection (1) of this section, or if the county auditor determines under subsection (2) of this section, to return to a polling place election environment, the auditor shall notify each registered voter, by mail, of this and shall provide the address of the polling place to be used.[2005 c 241 § 1; 2004 c 266 § 14. Prior: 2003 c 162 § 3; 2003 c 111 § 1201; prior: 2001 c 241 § 15; prior: 1994 c 269 § 1; 1994 c 57 § 48; 1993 c 417 § 1; 1983 1st ex.s. c 71 § 1; 1974 ex.s. c 35 § 2; 1967 ex.s. c 109 § 6. Formerly RCW 29.38.010, 29.36.120.]Notes:Effective date -- 2004 c 266: See note following RCW 29A.04.575.Policy -- 2003 c 162: See note following RCW 29A.40.070.Severability -- Effective date -- 1994 c 57: See notes following RCW 10.64.021. RCW 29A.48.020Special elections.At any nonpartisan special election not being held in conjunction with a state primary or general election, the county, city, town, or district requesting the election pursuant to RCW *29A.04.320 or29A.04.330 may also request that the special election be conducted by mail ballot. The county auditor may honor the request or may determine that the election is not to be conducted by mail ballot. The decision of the county auditor in this regard is final.  For all special elections not being held in conjunction with a state primary or state general election where voting is conducted by mail ballot, the county auditor shall, not less than eighteen days before the date of such election, mail to each registered voter a mail ballot. The auditor shall handle inactive voters in the same manner as inactive voters in mail ballot precincts. The requirements regarding certification, reporting, and the mailing of overseas and military ballots in **RCW 29.36.270 apply to mail ballot elections.[2004 c 266 § 15. Prior: 2003 c 162 § 4; 2003 c 111 § 1202; prior: 2001 c 241 § 16; 1994 c 57 § 49; 1993 c 417 § 2. Formerly RCW 29.38.020, 29.36.121.]Notes:Reviser's note: *(1) RCW 29A.04.320 was repealed by 2004 c 271 § 193. Later enactment, see RCW 29A.04.321.  **(2) RCW 29.36.270 was recodified as RCW 29A.40.070 by 2003 c 111 § 2401.Effective date -- 2004 c 266: See note following RCW 29A.04.575.Policy -- 2003 c 162: See note following RCW 29A.40.070.Severability -- Effective date -- 1994 c 57: See notes following RCW 10.64.021. RCW 29A.48.030Odd-year primaries.In an odd-numbered year, the county auditor may conduct a primary or a special election by mail ballot concurrently with the primary:  (1) For an office or ballot measure of a special purpose district that is entirely within the county;  (2) For an office or ballot measure of a special purpose district that lies in the county and one or more other counties if the auditor first secures the concurrence of the county auditors of those other counties to conduct the primary in this manner district-wide; and  (3) For a ballot measure or nonpartisan office of a county, city, or town if the auditor first secures the concurrence of the legislative authority of the county, city, or town involved.  The county auditor shall notify an election jurisdiction for which a primary is to be held that the primary will be conducted by mail ballot.  A primary in an odd-numbered year may not be conducted by mail ballot in a precinct with two hundred or more active registered voters if a partisan office or state office or state ballot measure is to be voted upon at that primary in the precinct.  To the extent they are not inconsistent with other provisions of law, the laws governing the conduct of mail ballot special elections apply to nonpartisan primaries conducted by mail ballot.[2003 c 111 § 1203. Prior: 2001 c 241 § 17. Formerly RCW 29.38.030.] RCW 29A.48.040Depositing ballots Replacement ballots.(1) If a county auditor conducts an election by mail, the county auditor shall designate one or more places for the deposit of ballots not returned by mail. The places designated under this section shall be open on the date of the election for a period of thirteen hours, beginning at 7:00 a.m. and ending at 8:00 p.m.  (2) A registered voter may obtain a replacement ballot as provided in this subsection. A voter may request a replacement mail ballot in person, by mail, by telephone, or by other electronic transmission for himself or herself and for any member of his or her immediate family. The request must be received by the auditor before 8:00 p.m. on election day. The county auditor shall keep a record of each replacement ballot issued, including the date of the request. Replacement mail ballots may be counted in the final tabulation of ballots only if the original ballot is not received by the county auditor and the replacement ballot meets all requirements for tabulation necessary for the tabulation of regular mail ballots.[2003 c 111 § 1204; 2001 c 241 § 18; 1983 1st ex.s. c 71 § 3. Formerly RCW 29.38.040, 29.36.124.] RCW 29A.48.050Return of voted ballot.The voter shall return the ballot to the county auditor in the return identification envelope. If mailed, a ballot must be postmarked not later than the date of the primary or election. Otherwise, the ballot must be deposited at the office of the county auditor or the designated place of deposit not later than 8:00 p.m. on the date of the primary or election.[2003 c 111 § 1205. Prior: 2001 c 241 § 19; 1993 c 417 § 4; 1983 1st ex.s. c 71 § 4. Formerly RCW 29.38.050, 29.36.126.] RCW 29A.48.060Ballot contents Counting.All mail ballots authorized by RCW 29A.48.010, 29A.48.020, or 29A.48.030 must contain the same offices, names of nominees or candidates, and propositions to be voted upon, including precinct offices, as if the ballot had been voted in person at the polling place. Except as otherwise provided by law, mail ballots must be treated in the same manner as absentee ballots issued at the request of the voter. If electronic vote tallying devices are used, political party observers must be given the opportunity to be present, and a test of the equipment must be performed as required by RCW 29A.12.130 before tabulating ballots. Political party observers may select at random ballots to be counted manually as provided by RCW 29A.60.170.[2003 c 111 § 1206; 2001 c 241 § 20; 1993 c 417 § 5; 1990 c 59 § 76; 1983 1st ex.s. c 71 § 5; 1967 ex.s. c 109 § 7. Formerly RCW 29.38.060, 29.36.130.]Notes:Intent -- Effective date -- 1990 c 59: See notes following RCW 29A.04.013.

USA Statutes : washington