Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.
Purpose: To adopt emergency rules to conduct (1) the special election to fill the vacancy in the first congressional district; and (2) precinct committee officer elections in accordance with recently passed legislation, E3SHB 1860.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 434-230-100.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 29A.04.611, 29A.24.031, 29A.28.061.
Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that state or federal law or federal rule or a federal deadline for state receipt of federal funds requires immediate adoption of a rule.
Reasons for this Finding: The timing of the vacancy in the first congressional district, the special requirements for conducting the special election due to redistricting, and the timing of recently passed legislation on precinct committee officer elections requires emergency rule making in order to have rules in place prior to the candidate filing period May 14 - 18, 2012.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 1, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 2, Amended 1, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: April 24, 2012.
Assistant Secretary of State
WAC 434-208-150 First congressional district vacancy. (1) Dates. Washington state's first congressional district in the United States House of Representatives was vacated on March 20, 2012. Pursuant to Article I, Section 2 of the United States Constitution and RCW 29A.28.041, the governor issued a writ of election on April 2, 2012, to fill the vacancy, ordering a special primary election to be held on August 7, 2012, and a special election to be held on November 6, 2012.
(2) District boundaries. The special primary and special election for the short term shall be conducted as a separate race from the primary and election for the full term:
(a) The special primary and special election for the short term shall be conducted using the boundaries of the first congressional district approved by the Washington state redistricting commission on January 1, 2002, and amended by the legislature on February 8, 2002.
(b) The primary and election for the full term, which begins January 3, 2013, shall be conducted using the boundaries of the first congressional district approved by the Washington state redistricting commission on January 1, 2012, and amended by the legislature on February 8, 2012.
(3) Candidacy. Pursuant to Article I, Section 2 of the United States Constitution and RCW 29A.20.021(4), candidates for the United States House of Representatives are only required to reside within the state of Washington, not within the boundaries of the congressional district. The first congressional district short term is a temporary elected position; for purposes of RCW 29A.20.021(2) and 29A.36.201, candidates filing for the short term are not prohibited from filing for another office or appearing on the ballot more than once. Consistent with the top two primary election system enacted by chapter 2, Laws of 2005, and WAC 434-215-130, the minor party and independent candidate nominating procedures referenced in RCW 29A.28.041 and 29A.28.061 do not apply. Washington State Grange v. Washington State Republican Party, 552 U.S. 442 (2008).
(4) Ballots. Each voter in the vacated first congressional district is eligible to vote in both the short term race in the first congressional district and the full term race in the voter's 2012 congressional district (District 1, 2, 6 or 7). The location of the congressional races on the ballot must be consistent with WAC 434-230-025.
(a) The full term congressional race shall be listed on the ballot before the short term race, and labeled in substantially the following form:
Congressional District (1, 2, 6 or 7).
(b) The short term congressional race shall be listed on the ballot after the full term race, and labeled in substantially the following form:
Congressional District 1
1 Month short term.
(5) Results. The results for the special primary and special election in the first congressional district shall be certified separately from the results of the primary and election in the full term congressional elections. Consistent with the top two primary election system, the two candidates who receive the most votes, and at least one percent of the votes, in the special primary qualify for the special election. The candidate who receives the most votes in the special election shall be declared elected to the short term.
WAC 434-215-021 Declaration of candidacy -- Precinct committee officer. Declarations of candidacy for the office of precinct committee officer shall be in substantially the following form:
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 11-24-064, filed 12/6/11, effective 1/6/12)
WAC 434-230-100 Political party precinct committee officer. ((
The method for electing precinct committee
officers on party ballots established in chapter 271, Laws of
2004 (the pick-a-party primary), was repealed by chapter 2,
Laws of 2005. The method for electing precinct committee
officers on a top two primary ballot under chapter 2, Laws of
2005 (the top two primary), was declared unconstitutional by
the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
in Washington State Republican Party, et al. v. State of
Washington, et al., Case No. C05-0927-JCC (January 11, 2011). "The central holding is that the political parties, not the
government, are free to define the scope of their membership."
Consequently, precinct committee officer elections are no
longer conducted by state or county government. As private
organizations, the political parties determine how to conduct
their internal affairs, including selection of their
officers.)) (1) The election of major political party precinct
committee officers is established in RCW 29A.52. -- - (section
3, chapter 89, Laws of 2012) and RCW 29A.80.051.
(2) The election of precinct committee officer is an intraparty election; candidates compete against other candidates in the same political party.
(a) If only one candidate files for a position, that candidate is deemed elected without appearing on the ballot and the county auditor shall issue a certificate of election.
(b) If more than one candidate files for a position, the contested race must appear on the ballot at the August primary and the candidate who receives the most votes is declared elected.
(c) If no candidates file during the regular filing period, the race does not appear on the ballot and the position may be filled by appointment pursuant to RCW 29A.28.071.
(d) No write-in line may be printed on the ballot for a contested race, and no write-in votes may be counted.
(3) If both major political parties have contested races on the ballot in the same precinct, the political party that received the highest number of votes from the electors of this state for the office of president at the last presidential election must appear first, with the other political party appearing second. Within each party, candidates shall be listed in the order determined by lot.
(4)(a) The position of political party precinct committee officer must appear following all measures and public offices.
(b) The following explanation must be printed before the list of candidates: "For this office only: In order to vote for precinct committee officer, a partisan office, you must affirm that you are a Democrat or a Republican and may vote only for one candidate from the party you select. Your vote for a candidate affirms your affiliation with the same party as the candidate. This preference is private and will not be matched to your name or shared."
(c)(i) If all candidates are listed under one heading, the applicable party abbreviation "Dem" or "Rep" must be printed next to each candidate's name, with the first letter of the abbreviation capitalized. For example:
John Smith Dem
Jane Doe Dem
(ii) If candidates are listed under a major political party heading, the applicable heading of either "democratic party candidates" or "republican party candidates" must be printed above each group of candidates. The first letter of each word must be capitalized.
(d) One of the following statements, as applicable, must be printed directly below each candidate's name: "I affirm I am a Democrat." or "I affirm I am a Republican."
(5) A voter may vote for only one candidate for precinct committee officer. If a voter votes for more than one candidate, the votes must be treated as overvotes.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 29A.04.611, 29A.04.620, and 29A.04.630. 11-24-064, § 434-230-100, filed 12/6/11, effective 1/6/12. Statutory Authority: RCW 29A.04.611. 08-15-052, § 434-230-100, filed 7/11/08, effective 8/11/08.]