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WAC 434-250-045

Voters requiring verification of identity.

(1) If the voter registration record is flagged as requiring verification of identity, a notice must be sent at the time of the election explaining that a photocopy of identification must be provided in order for the ballot to be counted, and listing what forms of identification are acceptable. The county auditor may provide an inner envelope separate from the security envelope for return of the photocopy of the identification.
(2) The notice to the voter must be in substantially the following form:
Dear Voter:
 
[date]
Based on your recent registration, federal law requires that you provide identification with your ballot. If you fail to provide identification, your ballot will not be counted.
Please provide your driver's license number, Washington state identification card number, the last four digits of your Social Security number, or a photocopy of one of the following:
Valid photo identification;
A valid enrollment card of a federally recognized tribe in Washington;
A current utility bill;
A current bank statement;
A current government check;
A current paycheck; or
A government document, other than a voter registration card, that shows both your name and address.
You may return a photocopy with your ballot but, in order to protect the secrecy of your ballot, do not place the photocopy inside the security envelope.
If you do not provide a copy of your identification, your ballot will not be counted.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the County Auditor's Office at .
(3) If the voter provides one of the acceptable forms of identification no later than the day before certification of the election, the flag on the voter registration record must be removed and the ballot must be counted.
(4) If the voter fails to provide one of the acceptable forms of identification by the day prior to certification of the election, the ballot shall not be counted. If the voter provides one of the acceptable forms of identification at a later date, the ballot cast in that election shall not be counted but the flag on the voter registration record must be removed.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 29A.04.611, 29A.04.620, and 29A.04.630. WSR 11-24-064, § 434-250-045, filed 12/6/11, effective 1/6/12. Statutory Authority: RCW 29A.04.611. WSR 09-03-110, § 434-250-045, filed 1/21/09, effective 2/21/09; WSR 07-02-100, § 434-250-045, filed 1/3/07, effective 2/3/07.]
Reviser's note: The brackets and enclosed material in the text of the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency.
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