In Washington State, a person wishing to run for PCO on the Primary Ballot must file his or her declaration of candidacy with their county auditor for a specific party. The candidate need not be a registered member of the party he or she is running for, but must live in that precinct. By State law (RCW 29A.80.51) to be declared elected, the separate party candidates for these offices must receive at least 10% of the number of votes cast for the candidate of his/her party that received the greatest number of votes in that precinct. PCOs are elected for two-year terms commencing first day of December following the primary.
An individual may be appointed to be the PCO in their precinct during the election season if there is nobody already serving. The Chair of the County Central Committee makes that appointment. In counties where the population is greater than 1 million, currently only King County, the Chair of the Legislative District must make a recommendation to the County Chair, usually by having the members of their district organization vote to "elect" the PCO.
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