(1) If a vacancy occurs in any
partisan elective office in the executive or legislative branches
of state government or in any partisan county elective office
before the first day of the regular filing period, the position
must be open for filing during the regular filing period as
provided in RCW 29A.24.171 and a successor shall be elected at
the general election. Except during the last year of the term of
office, if such a vacancy occurs on or after the first day of the
regular filing period, the election of the successor shall occur
at the next succeeding general election. The elected successor
shall hold office for the remainder of the unexpired term. This
section shall not apply to any vacancy occurring in a charter
county which has charter provisions inconsistent with this
(2) If a vacancy occurs in any legislative office or in any partisan county office after the general election in a year that the position appears on the ballot and before the start of the next term, the term of the successor who is of the same party as the incumbent may commence once he or she has qualified as defined in RCW 29A.04.133 and shall continue through the term for which he or she was elected.
[2011 c 349 § 27. Prior: 2006 c 344 § 29; 2005 c 2 § 15 (Initiative Measure No. 872, approved November 2, 2004); 2003 c 238 § 4; 2002 c 108 § 2; 1981 c 180 § 1.]
Reviser's note: The constitutionality of Initiative Measure No. 872 was upheld in Washington State Grange v. Washington State Republican Party, et al., 552 U.S. 442 (2008).
Effective date -- 2011 c 349 §§ 10-12, 27, 28, and 30: See note following RCW 29A.24.171.
Effective date -- 2006 c 344 §§ 1-16 and 18-40: See note following RCW 29A.04.311.
Short title -- Intent -- Contingent effective date -- 2005 c 2 (Initiative Measure No. 872): See notes following RCW 29A.52.112.
Contingent effective date -- 2003 c 238: See note following RCW 36.16.110.
Severability -- 1981 c 180: "If any provision of this act, or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the act, or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances is not affected." [1981 c 180 § 6.]
County office, appointment of acting official: RCW 36.16.115.