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AGO 1971 No. 24 >  August 3, 1971
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - STATE - SECRETARY OF STATE - NOMINATING CERTIFICATES AT MINOR PARTY CONVENTIONS - CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
OFFICES AND OFFICERS ‑- STATE ‑- SECRETARY OF STATE ‑- NOMINATING CERTIFICATES AT MINOR PARTY CONVENTIONS ‑- CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION The secretary of state may not, by the adoption of a rule or regulation, cause the names and addresses of registered voters signing nominating certificates at minor party conventions to become confidential information not open to general public inspection.
AGO 1983 No. 11 >  June 7, 1983
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - SECRETARY OF STATE - ELECTIONS - RECORDS
POLITICAL PARTIES' COSTS OF STATE‑WIDE COMPUTER TAPE OF REGISTERED VOTERS In providing the state central committee of each major political party with a duplicate copy of the master state‑wide computer tape or data file of registered voters ". . . at actual duplication costs, . . ." as required by RCW 29.04.160, the Secretary of State may not include in the charge the amounts his office was required to pay each county, in accordance with RCW 29.04.150, for a duplicate computer tape or data file of its records of registered voters in that county.
AGO 1983 No. 30 >  December 13, 1983
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - STATE - SECRETARY OF STATE - CORPORATIONS
INVOLUNTARY DISSOLUTION OF CORPORATIONS FOR FAILURE TO PAY ANNUAL LICENSE FEES. (1) The earliest date upon which the Secretary of State may send a notice of delinquency to a corporation failing to pay its annual license fee is the first day of delinquency; i.e., the day following the last day permitted for timely payment. (2) The minimum amount of time which must elapse before the Secretary of State is to administratively dissolve the corporation for nonpayment of its annual license fee is a period of sixty-five days from the date of mailing the notice of delinquency referred to in RCW 23A.28.125.
AGO 1961 No. 66 >  September 29, 1961
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - STATE - SECRETARY OF STATE - MERGER AGREEMENT - AUTHORITY TO FILE RESCISSION THEREOF
OFFICES AND OFFICERS ‑- STATE ‑- SECRETARY OF STATE ‑- MERGER AGREEMENT ‑- AUTHORITY TO FILE RESCISSION THEREOF (1) Where there are two vacancies on the board of commissioners of a second class public utility district both vacancies are to be filled by special election held not more than forty days after such vacancies occur. (2) The commissioners elected at a special election to fill vacancies created on the board of commissioners of a second class public utility district are elected to hold office for the unexpired term of the commissioners whom they replace. (3) The election to fill vacancies on the board of commissioners of a second class public utility district must be held forty days after the occurrence of the vacancies pursuant to RCW 54.12.010.  The county auditor, who is charged by law with the power and duty of conducting public utility district elections (in other than class AA or class A counties), is authorized to prescribe a reasonable time within the forty-day period in which petitions for nominations may be filed.
AGO 1974 No. 12 >  June 28, 1974
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - STATE - SECRETARY OF STATE - ELECTIONS - FILING FEES - ENFORCEMENT OF CANDIDATES' FILING FEES AGAINST INDIGENTS
OFFICES AND OFFICERS ‑- STATE ‑- SECRETARY OF STATE ‑- ELECTIONS ‑- FILING FEES ‑- ENFORCEMENT OF CANDIDATES' FILING FEES AGAINST INDIGENTS (1) In view of a recent ruling by the United States Supreme Court with respect to the constitutionality of filing fees in the case of indigent persons seeking to become candidates for public office, the requirements of RCW 29.18.050 are no longer constitutionally enforceable with respect to candidates for office in the state of Washington who wish to file for public office but who are unable to pay the filing fees prescribed by that statute. (2) The secretary of state has the authority under RCW 29.24.080 to adopt a rule or regulation requiring any candidate claiming to be unable to pay the fee required by RCW 29.18.050 for the particular office he is seeking to execute and file with his declaration of candidacy a supplemental affidavit attesting to that fact.
AGO 1992 No. 12 >  June 29, 1992
SECRETARY OF STATE - ELECTIONS - DISTRICTS - BOUNDARIES - LEGISLATORS - REDISTRICTING
Boundaries for Election for Unexpired Term of Newly Redistricted Legislative District When the boundaries of a legislative district for the Office of State Senate have been changed by redistricting, a special election for the remainder of the existing senate term should be conducted in the newly redistricted senate district.  Candidates for that election must be residents of the new district as required by RCW 42.04.020.
AGO 1966 No. 112 >  October 11, 1966
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - SECRETARY OF STATE - FEES - COUNTIES - MOTOR VEHICLES
OFFICES AND OFFICERS ‑- SECRETARY OF STATE ‑- FEES ‑- COUNTIES ‑- MOTOR VEHICLES (1) A county, as a plaintiff commencing suit against a nonresident motorist under RCW 46.04.040, is liable for payment of the fee provided for by this statute when making service on the secretary of state. (2) A prosecuting attorney is required to pay the fees provided for by RCW 43.07.120 when he requests copies or certification of corporate documents from the secretary of state, except where the documents of certification are supplied in connection with a prosecution under a law which it is the duty of the secretary of state to administer and enforce.
AGO 1996 No. 14 >  August 16, 1996
ELECTIONS - SECRETARY OF STATE - COUNTY AUDITORS - VOTER REGISTRATION
Authority of State to accept federal postcard form for voter registration and absentee voter status 1.  Election officials may accept, as an application for permanent voter registration in the state of Washington, the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) form developed by the federal government under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act; acceptance of the form is not mandatory, and the Secretary of State may adopt reasonable regulations governing voter registration requirements  2.  The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) form may be treated by election officials as an application for ongoing absentee voter status as set forth in RCW 29.36.013. 3.  The Secretary of State can prescribe reasonable regulations and policies on the forms used and the information included for voter registration purposes in Washington.
AGO 1954 No. 190 >  January 8, 1954
ELECTIONS - MUNICIPAL ADVISORY VOTE - ADVANCEMENT OF CLASSIFICATION OF CITY - CITY - SECRETARY OF STATE
ELECTIONS ‑- MUNICIPAL ADVISORY VOTE ‑- ADVANCEMENT OF CLASSIFICATION OF CITY -- CITY ‑- SECRETARY OF STATE Whether the commissioners of a city of the third class operating under a commission form of government have authority to expend municipal funds in submitting to the voters the question of advancement to the rank of first class cities under charter government for an advisory vote, is a proper subject to be covered by administrative rule to be issued by the secretary of state under RCW 29.04.080.
AGLO 1980 No. 14 >  March 20, 1980
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - STATE - SECRETARY OF STATE - STATISTICS
COLLECTION AND COMPILATION OF STATISTICAL INFORMATION BY SECRETARY OF STATE (1) It is no longer a function of the secretary of state's office to collect, sort, or systematize statistics relating to agriculture, immigration, labor, manufacturing, mining and other related subjects in order to prepare and publish either a biennial statistical report to the legislature or a "comprehensive report" aimed, generally, at attracting tourists or business activities to the state; however, the secretary of state, as ex officio commissioner of statistics, may continue to seek and collect such statistics for whatever other legitimate public purposes, in unpublished form, they serve and, so long as he does not do so for the purpose of publication at state expense, he may also prepare tables, with narrative abstracts, of such statistics to the extent that the preparation of such tables and narrative abstracts is reasonably necessary in order to effectuate the legitimate public purpose for which the statistics have been collected.
AGLO 1976 No. 32 >  May 5, 1976
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - STATE - SECRETARY OF STATE
APPROPRIATIONS PERFORMANCE OF NEW STATUTORY DUTIES The secretary of state would not be legally justified in refusing to perform the new duties imposed upon his office by chapter 46, Laws of 1975-76, 2nd Ex. Sess., merely because the legislature failed to make a specific appropriation to fund the performance of those duties.
AGLO 1978 No. 14 >  April 17, 1978
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - STATE - SECRETARY OF STATE - CORPORATIONS - LICENSES - FEES - RESTORATION OF PRIVILEGE TO DO BUSINESS
OFFICES AND OFFICERS ‑- STATE ‑- SECRETARY OF STATE ‑- CORPORATIONS ‑- LICENSES ‑- FEES ‑- RESTORATION OF PRIVILEGE TO DO BUSINESS Under the provisions of RCW 23A.40.075 and related statutes, the Secretary of State does not have the legal authority to exercise discretion and restore the privilege of doing business to a corporation which has failed to acquire an annual license fee for three years and which has failed to reinstate within the following two years.
AGLO 1974 No. 22 >  February 22, 1974
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - STATE - GOVERNOR - LEGISLATURE - SECRETARY OF STATE - VETO
EFFECTIVE DATE OF BILL PARTIALLY VETOED BY GOVERNOR DURING LEGISLATIVE SESSION Where during a legislative session and prior to the general adjournment thereof a bill not subject to referendum and bearing an immediate effective date is partially vetoed by the governor, the remainder of the bill takes effect immediately and the secretary of state is required to record it and assign it a chapter number under RCW 44.20.020.
AGLO 1973 No. 65 >  June 15, 1973
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - STATE - SECRETARY OF STATE - CORPORATIONS - NOTIFICATION TO APPOINT REGISTERED AGENTS
OFFICES AND OFFICERS ‑- STATE ‑- SECRETARY OF STATE ‑- CORPORATIONS ‑- NOTIFICATION TO APPOINT REGISTERED AGENTS Nonprofit corporations which were notified of the need to appoint a registered agent as required by RCW 24.03.915 and which did not do so within ninety days of the effective date of chapter 163, Laws of 1969, Ex. Sess., thereby have ceased to exist; however, those corporations which were not so notified because of the secretary of state's lack of a sufficient mailing address are not now to be deemed to have ceased to exist as provided for in RCW 24.03.915.
AGLO 1974 No. 94 >  November 18, 1974
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - STATE - GOVERNOR - LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR - SECRETARY OF STATE
FILLING OF VACANCIES Procedures to be followed in filling vacancies in the offices of governor, lieutenant governor and secretary of state under Article III, § 10 and Article III, § 13 of the state Constitution.
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