Article 4 — Elections

Section 4.10 Election Procedures

Except as provided in this article, primaries and elections shall be conducted in accordance with general law governing the election of county officials.

(Amended during General Election, Nov. 7, 2006, Eff date Jan. 1, 2007).

Section 4.15 Non-Partisan Offices

The offices of county treasurer, county auditor, county assessor, county sheriff, and county clerk shall be non-partisan offices.

(Added during General Election, Nov. 5, 1996, Eff date Nov. 30, 1996).

Section 4.30 Qualifications — Limitations

Each county official holding an elective office shall be, at the time of appointment or election and at all times while holding office, a citizen of the United States over the age of twenty-one, a county resident for the three years immediately prior to filing for or appointment to office, and a registered voter of the county. No person shall be eligible to be elected to more than three consecutive full terms for any office. For the purposes of this section, different positions on the county council shall not be considered different offices.

(Amended during General Election, Nov. 7, 2006, Eff date Jan. 1, 2007).

Section 4.40 Conflict of Interest

No county elected officer shall hold any other office or employment within county government during the officer’s term of office.

(Amended during General Election, Nov. 8, 2016, Eff date Dec. 9, 2016).

Section 4.50 District Boundaries

The boundaries of each council district shall be established as nearly as practical in accordance with the criteria promulgated by state law.

Section 4.60 Districting Committee

During the month of January 2021, and by January 31 of each tenth year thereafter, a five-member districting committee shall be appointed. The county council shall appoint four persons to the committee, two members from each of the two largest major political parties as defined in state law from a list of five submitted by the party’s central committee, the four members to appoint the fifth voting member who shall be chair. Members of the districting committee shall serve without salary but shall be compensated for reasonable-out-of-pocket expenses. The districting committee shall appoint a districting master who shall be qualified by education, training and experience to draw a redistricting plan. If the districting committee is unable to agree upon the appointment of a districting master by April 1, the county council shall appoint a districting master.

(Amended during General Election, Nov. 7, 2006, Eff date Jan. 1, 2007; Amended during General Election, Nov. 8, 2016, Eff date Dec. 9, 2016).

Section 4.70 Districting Plan

The districting master shall draw a districting plan for the county which shall be submitted to the districting committee by November 1. Following public hearing at least seven days in advance, the districting committee shall adopt the districting plan within thirty days as submitted or as amended by at least four affirmative votes of the committee members. Upon adoption, the plan shall be filed with the county council by the districting committee. No later than the eight months following the county’s receipt of federal decennial census data from the state, or within such other period as may be established by state law, the county council shall adopt by ordinance a districting plan, provided that a minimum of four affirmative votes shall be required to amend the plan adopted by the districting committee and the area amended may not include more than one percent of the population of any council district.

(Amended during General Election, Nov. 7, 2006, Eff date Jan. 1, 2007; Amended during General Election, Nov. 8, 2016, Eff date Dec. 9, 2016).

Section 4.80 Vacancies

An elective office shall become vacant on the death, resignation or recall of the official or if the official ceases being a resident of Snohomish county or is absent from the county for thirty consecutive days without being excused by the council. The council shall fill a vacancy from a list of three people submitted by the county central committee of the party which the official in office immediately prior to the vacancy represented. In the event that the official in office immediately prior to the vacancy was a non-partisan candidate, the vacancy shall be filled by the council.

Vacancies in elective office shall be filled at the next November general election, unless the vacancy occurs after the last day for filing declarations of candidacy, in which case the vacancy shall be filled at the next succeeding November general election. The person elected shall take office upon certification of the results of the election and shall serve the unexpired term of the vacated office. Until a successor has been elected and certified, a majority of the council shall fill the vacancy by appointment. All persons appointed to fill vacancies shall meet the qualifications for office set forth in this charter.

(Amended during General Election, Nov. 5, 1996, Eff date Nov. 30, 1996; Amended during General Election, Nov. 7, 2006, Eff date Jan. 1, 2007; Amended during General Election, Nov. 8, 2016, Eff date Dec. 9, 2016).

Section 4.90 Commencement of Terms of Office

With the exception of the prosecuting attorney, the election of county officers provided for in this charter shall be held in odd-numbered years as provided by general law and the provisions of this charter. The terms of office of elected county officers shall commence on the first day of January immediately following the November general election.