Chapter 2.49
LOCAL VOTERS’ PAMPHLET

Sections:

2.49.010    Publication and distribution.

2.49.020    Notification.

2.49.030    Administrative rules.

2.49.040    Cost.

2.49.050    Interlocal agreements.

2.49.060    Challenges to explanatory statements.

2.49.070    Undue financial hardship to participate in local voters’ pamphlet.

2.49.010 Publication and distribution.

(1) The county auditor is hereby authorized to publish and distribute a local voters’ pamphlet in conformity with provisions of chapter 29A.32 RCW for each primary and general election. A local voters’ pamphlet may be authorized by the county auditor for special elections on an election by election basis if requested by a unit of local government for which an office or measure is scheduled to appear on the special election ballot. The local voters’ pamphlet shall include:

(a) all county candidates and measures;

(b) all candidates and measures of each participating unit of local government.

(2) Where a unit of local government is located within more than one county, the county auditor is authorized to negotiate and execute an interlocal agreement with the auditor of the adjoining county to permit distribution of each county’s local voters’ pamphlet into those parts of the unit of local government located outside of that county.

(3) The county auditor is authorized to negotiate and execute an interlocal agreement with the State to combine the local voters’ pamphlet with the state voters’ pamphlet if, in the opinion of the county auditor, this arrangement would best serve the voters and citizens of Snohomish County.

(Added Ord. 90-172, October 31, 1990; Amended Ord. 93-138, § 1, Dec. 22, 1993, Eff date Jan. 1, 1994; Amended Ord. 97-041, § 1, May 28, 1997, Eff date June 12, 1997; Amended Ord. 09-030, § 1, April 29, 2009, Eff date May 14, 2009).

2.49.020 Notification.

Not later than ninety days prior to any election for which a local voters’ pamphlet will be published and distributed, the county auditor shall notify each city, town, and special taxing district located partially or wholly within Snohomish county that a local voters’ pamphlet will be published and distributed.

(Added Ord. 90-172, October 31, 1990; Amended Ord. 93-138, § 2, Dec. 22, 1993, Eff date Jan. 1, 1994; Amended Ord. 97-041, § 2, May 28, 1997, Eff date June 12, 1997).

2.49.030 Administrative rules.

The county auditor, in consultation with the participating units of local government, shall adopt and publish administrative rules necessary to facilitate the provisions of this chapter and chapter 29A.32 RCW.

(Added Ord. 90-172, October 31, 1990; Amended Ord. 97-041, § 3, May 28, 1997, Eff date June 12, 1997; Amended Ord. 09-030, § 2, April 29, 2009, Eff date May 14, 2009).

2.49.040 Cost.

The cost of a local voters’ pamphlet shall be considered an election cost to those units of local government included in the pamphlet and shall be prorated in the manner provided in RCW 29A.04.410.

(Added Ord. 90-172, October 31, 1990; Amended Ord. 09-030, § 3, April 29, 2009, Eff date May 14, 2009).

2.49.050 Interlocal agreements.

The county auditor is authorized to negotiate and execute interlocal agreements as necessary to publish and distribute a local voters’ pamphlet as authorized by this chapter.

(Added Ord. 90-172, October 31, 1990; Amended Ord. 97-041, § 4, May 28, 1997, Eff date June 12, 1997; Amended Ord. 09-030, § 4, April 29, 2009, Eff date May 14, 2009).

2.49.060 Challenges to explanatory statements.

Any person dissatisfied with an explanatory statement prepared or reviewed and approved pursuant to RCW 29A.32.241 may, within five business days from the date set forth in the administrative rules for the local voters’ pamphlet for filing the explanatory statement with the county auditor’s office, appeal to the superior court for Snohomish county by petition. The petition shall set forth the proposed measure, the explanatory statement, and the objection thereto, and shall request amendment of the explanatory statement. A copy of the petition shall be served on the county auditor and the attorney who prepared or reviewed and approved the explanatory statement. The court shall, upon filing of the petition, examine the proposed measure, the explanatory statement, and the objection thereto and may hear argument thereon and shall, as soon as possible, render its decision and certify to and file with the county auditor such explanatory statement as it determines will meet the requirements of this chapter and RCW 29A.32.241. The decision of the superior court shall be final.

(Added Ord. 90-172, October 31, 1990; Amended Ord. 97-041, § 5, May 28, 1997, Eff date June 12, 1997; Amended Ord. 09-030, § 5, April 29, 2009, Eff date May 14, 2009).

2.49.070 Undue financial hardship to participate in local voters’ pamphlet.

If inclusion in the county’s voters’ pamphlet would create undue financial hardship for a city, town or district, the legislative authority of the city, town or district may petition the county council to waive inclusion in the voters’ pamphlet. The county council may, by motion, provide such a wavier if it does so not later than sixty days before the publication of the pamphlet and it finds that inclusion in the voters’ pamphlet would create an undue financial hardship on the city, town or district filing the petition.

(Added Ord. 97-041, § 7, May 28, 1997, Eff date June 12, 1997).