Chapter 18.30
OPERATION OF POLLS

Sections:

18.30.005    Opening of polling place.

18.30.010    Repealed.

18.30.020    Repealed.

18.30.025    Repealed.

18.30.030    Repealed.

18.30.040    Keeping of register.

18.30.051    Providing ballot to voter.

18.30.060    Repealed.

18.30.065    Persons not on official registration list.

18.30.070    Repealed.

18.30.080    Ballots damaged by voter.

18.30.090    Assistance to voters.

18.30.100    Closing of polls.

18.30.110    Unused ballots.

18.30.120    Opening ballot box.

18.30.130    Ballot container delivery.

18.30.150    Prohibition.

18.30.170    Poll watchers and observers.

18.30.005 Opening of polling place.

A. On the day of the election, each election board shall open the polls for voting at 7:00 a.m., shall close the polls for voting at 8:00 p.m., and shall keep the polls continuously open during the time between those hours. The election board shall report to the polling place by 6:30 a.m. so that voting will start promptly at 7:00 a.m. The chairman of the election board shall rotate times at which election officials may be relieved for breaks or meals; provided, however, that at all times at least two officials from the election board are present at the polling place.

B. Before issuing any ballots, the election board must, in the presence of any persons assembled at the polling place, open and exhibit the ballot box to be used at the polling place. The ballot box shall then be closed and shall not be opened again or removed from the polling place until the polls have closed. (Ord. 12-009 § 13, 2012)

18.30.010 Prohibition of political discussion by election official.

Repealed by Ord. 12-009. (Ord. 620 § 9, 2004; Ord. 515 § 3, 1997)

18.30.020 Prohibition of political persuasion near polls.

Repealed by Ord. 12-009. (Ord. 07-011 § 4, 2007; Ord. 620 § 9, 2004; Ord. 529 § 3, 1998; Ord. 515 § 3, 1997)

18.30.025 Poll watchers and observers.

Repealed by Ord. 12-009. (Ord. 620 § 9, 2004; Ord. 546 § 20, 1999; Ord. 515 § 3, 1997)

18.30.030 Ballot box security.

Repealed by Ord. 12-009. (Ord. 620 § 9, 2004; Ord. 515 § 3, 1997)

18.30.040 Keeping of register.

The election board shall keep a register in which each voter’s signature, residence and mailing address shall be entered before the voter receives a ballot. A record shall be kept in the register in space provided of the name of persons who offer to vote but who actually do not vote, and a brief statement of explanation. The signing of the register shall constitute a declaration that the voter is qualified to vote. (Ord. 12-009 § 13, 2012; Ord. 620 § 9, 2004; Ord. 546 § 21, 1999; Ord. 515 § 3, 1997)

18.30.051 Providing ballot to voter.

When the voter has qualified to vote, the election official shall give the voter an official ballot. The voter shall retire to a booth or private place to make the mark. (Ord. 12-009 § 13, 2012; Ord. 620 § 9, 2004; Ord. 546 § 23, 1999)

18.30.060 Voting paper ballots (not to be counted electronically).

Repealed by Ord. 620. (Ord. 546 § 24, 1999; Ord. 515 § 3, 1997)

18.30.065 Persons not on official registration list.

If a person’s name does not appear on the official registration list in the precinct in which the person seeks to vote, the person may vote a questioned ballot as provided in PMC 18.27.050. (Ord. 12-009 § 13, 2012)

18.30.070 Questioned ballots – Issuance.

Repealed by Ord. 12-009. (Ord. 620 § 9, 2004; Ord. 592 § 20, 2002; Ord. 546 § 25, 1999; Ord. 534 § 9, 1998; Ord. 515 § 3, 1997)

18.30.080 Ballots damaged by voter.

If a voter mutilates, improperly marks, spoils or otherwise damages the voter’s ballot, the voter may request and the election official shall provide another ballot upon the voter returning the damaged ballot to the election official, with a maximum of three ballots of each type.

A. Without examining the spoiled ballot, the election official shall give the ballot back to the voter who shall destroy and discard it immediately in the presence of an election official.

B. The election official shall then issue another ballot, using the same ballot type as was spoiled, to the voter and shall record that there was a spoiled ballot. (Ord. 12-009 § 13, 2012; Ord. 620 § 9, 2004; Ord. 546 § 26, 1999; Ord. 515 § 3, 1997)

18.30.090 Assistance to voters.

A. Non-English speaking voters, or voters who are blind, physically impaired, or otherwise incapable of marking a ballot, may bring a person, or if necessary two persons, of their choice with them to the poll, or before an election official, to assist them in casting their ballots.

B. The persons assisting the voter may not be a candidate for office in that election, an immediate family member of the candidate, the voter’s employer, agent of the employer, or officer or agent of the voter’s union.

C. If an election official is requested, an election official shall assist the voter.

D. If a person, other than an election official, is to provide assistance, the person must take an oath before an election official not to divulge how the voter cast the ballot. (Ord. 12-009 § 13, 2012; Ord. 620 § 9, 2004; Ord. 592 § 21, 2002; Ord. 571 § 12, 2001; Ord. 546 § 27, 1999; Ord. 515 § 3, 1997)

18.30.100 Closing of polls.

A. Fifteen minutes before and at the time the polls close, an election official shall announce the current time and the time the polls close. Every voter present and in line at the time prescribed for closing the polls may vote.

B. When the polls are closed and the last vote has been cast, the election board shall account for all ballots by completing a ballot report, in the manner prescribed by the clerk, with the following information:

1. Total number of ballots voted;

2. Total number of unused ballots;

3. Spoiled ballots, questioned; and

4. Special needs ballots. (Ord. 12-009 § 13, 2012; Ord. 620 § 9, 2004; Ord. 546 § 28, 1999; Ord. 515 § 3, 1997)

18.30.110 Unused ballots.

Unused ballots shall be stored in the manner prescribed by the clerk and delivered to the clerk on election night. (Ord. 12-009 § 13, 2012; Ord. 620 § 9, 2004; Ord. 546 § 29, 1999; Ord. 515 § 3, 1997)

18.30.120 Opening ballot box.

A. The election officials shall, in full view of all persons assembled at the polling place, open the secured ballot boxes and segregate the poll ballots, questioned ballots, absentee by mail ballots and special needs ballots from the regular ballots voted at the election.

B. Each segregated group of ballots shall be compared with the register or form appropriate to that group to ensure that the correct number of ballots is in each group.

C. Each segregated group of ballots shall be placed in a ballot container and sealed. The seal shall bear the date of the election, the type of ballots, the precinct name and number and election officials’ signatures. (Ord. 12-009 § 13, 2012; Ord. 620 § 9, 2004; Ord. 546 § 30,1999; Ord. 515 § 3, 1997)

18.30.130 Ballot container delivery.

Two election officials from the precinct shall act as a delivery team and shall deliver the sealed ballot containers to the clerk on election night. (Ord. 12-009 § 13, 2012; Ord. 620 §  9, 2004; Ord. 546 § 31, 1999; Ord. 515 § 3, 1997)

18.30.150 Prohibition.

A. During the hours that the polls are open, no election official may discuss any political party, candidate or issue while on duty.

B. During the hours the polls are open, no person who is in the polling place or within 200 feet of any entrance of the polling place may attempt to persuade a person to vote for or against a candidate, proposition or question. For the purposes of this section, the entrance to a polling place is any entrance to the building.

C. Nor may any person conduct other political activities that may pertain to any future election or potential ballot proposition.

D. The election board shall post warning notices in the form and manner prescribed by the clerk.

E. Any literature that a candidate, group, or person intends to distribute at a polling place or within 200 feet of any entrance of a polling place shall have the literature reviewed and approved for distribution by the clerk 30 calendar days prior to a regular or special election. (Ord. 12-009 § 13, 2012)

18.30.170 Poll watchers and observers.

A. Each candidate, or organized group that sponsors or opposes an issue, may designate one person at a time to be a poll watcher or observer in the city.

B. A person wishing to serve as a poll watcher or observer shall request authorization from the clerk. The authorization must include:

1. The name of the person to act as a poll watcher or observer;

2. The name of the candidate, group or organization the poll watcher or observer is representing;

3. The date of the election; and

4. The precinct the poll watcher wishes to observe.

C. The poll watcher or observer must present authorization as defined in subsection (B) of this section to the election official upon request. The poll watcher or observer will be provided an area to view all actions of election officials. Without the proper authorization, the election official is empowered to ask a poll watcher or observer to leave the polling place.

D. Persons observing may:

1. Observe the conduct of the election; and

2. Check the polling booths after each voter to make sure campaign materials have not been left in the booth.

E. Persons observing may not:

1. Have any duties in the conduct of the election;

2. Be allowed to touch any of the election materials; or

3. Interfere or disturb the orderly conduct of the election. (Ord. 12-009 § 13, 2012)