Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Jun 10 2015

SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today his office will offer a formal opinion in response to a request from Senator Pam Roach related to the City of Pasco’s proposed district-only voting system.

In Opinion Docket No. 15-06-01, Roach asks: “May a non-charter code city subject to RCW 35A.12.180, having a large minority population, adopt a district-based general election procedure to avoid a potential violation of Section 2 of the Federal Voting Rights Act?”

The office responded to Roach’s request June 5, when it also sent out a public notice of the request.

The Attorney General issues formal published opinions in response to requests by members of the Legislature, statewide elected officials, appointed heads of state agencies, boards or commissions, and county prosecuting attorneys.

Formulating a formal opinion is an in-depth process that, depending on the complexity of the issues presented, can take a number of months to complete.

Public comment has been requested. If you are interested in commenting, you should notify the office of your interest by July 8.

You may notify the office of your intention to comment by email to jeff.even@atg.wa.gov, or by writing to:

Office of the Attorney General                                  
Solicitor General Division
Attention Jeff Even, Deputy Solicitor General
PO Box 40100, Olympia, WA 98504-0100. 

When you notify the office of your intention to comment, you may be provided with a copy of the opinion request in which you are interested, information about the Attorney General’s Opinion process, information on how to submit your comments, and a due date by which your comments must be received to ensure that they are fully considered.  


The Office of the Attorney General is the chief legal office for the state of Washington with attorneys and staff in 27 divisions across the state providing legal services to roughly 200 state agencies, boards and commissions. Attorney General Bob Ferguson is working hard to protect consumers and seniors against fraud, keep our communities safe, protect our environment and stand up for our veterans. Visit www.atg.wa.gov to learn more.


Peter Lavallee, Communications Director, (360) 586-0725; PeterL@atg.wa.gov