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PDFWAC 434-263-050

Brief adjudicative proceeding.

(1) The secretary shall designate a person to act as a presiding officer of a brief adjudicative hearing. A presiding officer may be:
(a) The assistant or deputy secretary;
(b) The director of elections;
(c) An assistant director of the elections division;
(d) Any county auditor; or
(e) An administrative law judge.
The presiding officer shall not be from an office named in the complaint.
(2) Before issuing a determination on the complaint, the presiding officer shall give each party an opportunity to explain the party's view of the matter, including an opportunity to be informed of the secretary's view of the matter if applicable. A determination may be based upon written submissions and documents, unless a party or the presiding officer requests a hearing on the record within ten days after the filing of the complaint.
(3) The presiding officer may schedule a hearing on the record:
(a) In person at a convenient location;
(b) By conference telephone call; or
(c) By such other method that permits the parties to hear and participate in the proceeding simultaneously.
Witnesses at a hearing shall be sworn upon oath. A party who requests a hearing but fails to make himself or herself available for hearing within the time available for initial determination shall be deemed to have waived the hearing.
(4) The presiding officer may permit or solicit the submission of written materials or oral presentations by persons who are not parties if the presiding officer determines that such submissions would be helpful in evaluating the complaint.
(5) The secretary shall establish and maintain the record of the proceedings as required by RCW 34.05.494. If a hearing on the record is conducted, the record shall include a transcript or audio recording of the hearing.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 29A.04.611. WSR 08-05-120, § 434-263-050, filed 2/19/08, effective 3/21/08. Statutory Authority: RCW 29A.04.610. WSR 04-16-037, § 434-263-050, filed 7/27/04, effective 8/27/04.]
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