News Releases, Media Advisories, and Legal Notices
Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Contact:

​Mary Hall, Auditor, TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us, 360.786.5408, 711 Washington Relay



​Notice of Filing Week for Drainage Districts and Black Lake Special District 
OLYMPIA – Candidate filing week will be held December 9-13, 2019 for commissioner positions for:
  • Chambers Lake Drainage District - Pos. No. 1
  • Hopkins Drainage District - Pos. No. 3
  • Scott Lake Drainage District - Pos. No. 1
  • Black Lake Special District - Pos. No. 2
Candidates must own property in the district and be a registered voter in Washington State. Filings will be accepted by mail beginning November 29, 2019. 

In person filings will be accepted December 9-13, 2019 at the Thurston County Auditor’s Office:

2000 Lakeridge Dr SW, Bldg. 1 Rm. 118
Olympia, WA  98502
Monday-Friday, 8am to 4:30pm.

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Contact:

Mary Hall
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us
360.786.5408  
711 Washington Relay


Thurston County Certifies November General Election

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Canvassing Board has certified the November 5, 2019 General Election.

Final election results can be found at ThurstonVotes.org. This certification was performed by the canvassing board represented by the Chair of the County Commission, the Prosecuting Attorney's designee and the Auditor.

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, November 15, 2019
Contact:

​Mary Hall
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us
360.786.5408  
711 Washington Relay


Auditor Accepting Applications for Hawks Prairie Licensing Subagency
All applications must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 16.

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor is accepting applications for a vehicle/vessel licensing subagency in the Hawks Prairie area. 

Application packages are available at the Thurston County Auditor's Office – 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Building One Room 106, Olympia, Washington, mail or online here (pdf file). A timeline of the RFP process can be found here.

Interested applicants should contact Jared Krause at 360.754.4661 for further information.  All applications must be submitted to the Thurston County Auditor's Office no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 16.

The Department of Licensing provides Equal Opportunity when appointing subagents.  We encourage all qualified person to apply, including members of protected groups under applicable state and federal law.

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, October 31, 2019
Contact:

​Mary Hall
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us
360.786.5408
711 Washington Relay


Election Day Reminder
14.43% of Thurston County ballots have been returned in the November 5, 2019 General Election

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Office reminds voters the deadline to return ballots is Tuesday, November 5.

Voters who have not received or have misplaced their ballot can request a replacement ballot by:

  • Emailing elections@co.thurston.wa.us
  • Calling the Auditor's Office at 360.786.5408
  • Going online to VoteWA.gov
  • Visiting the Elections Office at 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW, Building 1, Room 118, Olympia, WA.

Ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, November 5, Election Day or deposited into one of the 28 ballot drop boxes no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day. Drop box locations are listed at ThurstonVotes.org, in the voters' pamphlet, and in the ballot packet. Voters who mail their ballot should check mailbox pickup times to make sure the ballot will receive an Election Day postmark. No stamp is necessary.

The Thurston County Auditor's Office is a designated voting center during business hours, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and on Election Day from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Voters may register to vote, update their current registration, obtain a ballot, ask questions, or use a voting assistance device. Voters can check on the status of their ballots by logging onto thurstonvotes.ballottrax.net. The Auditor's Office is in the Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Building 1, Room 118, Olympia, WA.

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, October 21, 2019
Contact:

​Mary Hall
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us
360.786.5408   
711 Washington Relay



Voter Registration Deadlines for the November 5 General Election
Citizens encouraged to register to vote or update their voter registration

OLYMPIA – Below are the voter registration deadlines for the November 5 General Election:

Monday, October 29, 2019:

  • Last day for remote registrations and updates to existing registrations online, by mail, or at voter registration drives, etc.
                
Tuesday, November 5, 2019:
  • Updates or new registrations received by an election official after Monday, October 29th can be done in person until 8 p.m. on election day at your county's Auditor's Office.
Where to Register or Update Voter Registration:

In Person / Mail
Thurston County Auditor's Office 
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Bldg 1 Rm 118
Olympia, WA 98502
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Telephone                              
360.786.5408 

Online / Email
VoteWA.gov
elections@co.thurston.wa.us

For a list of races and candidates, visit ThurstonVotes.org.

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, October 18, 2019
Contact:

​Mary Hall
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us
360.786.5408   
711 Washington Relay


Ballots will count no matter how many or how few races are marked

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Elections Division reminds voters they don't need to vote each race on their ballot for their ballot to count.

The Auditor's Office mailed General Election ballots this week. Ballots must be deposited in a ballot drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Night or postmarked by Election Day. Election Day is Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Contact:

​Mary Hall 
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us
360.786.5408    
711 Washington Relay



Ballots Available and Ballot Drop Boxes Open for the November 5, 2019 General Election

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Elections Division mailed more than 185,000 ballots to voters in Thurston County for the November 5 General Election. Ballots are also available at the Thurston County Auditor's Office, located at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Building 1, Room 118 in Olympia.

Any registered voter who thinks they should have received a ballot but hasn't by Wednesday, October 23 should contact the auditor's office at 360.786.5408 or elections@co.thurston.wa.us or visit the auditor's office in person. Ballots for military and overseas voters registered in Thurston County were mailed on Friday, September 20. The Auditor's Office opened 28 secure ballot drop boxes throughout the county. A list of locations and addresses is included in the mailed ballot materials and online at ThurstonVotes.org.

Ballots must be postmarked by November 5. Voters are advised to check mailboxes for pickup times to make sure their ballots will be postmarked by Election Day. No stamp is needed to mail your ballot. If you miss your mail pickup time, ballot drop boxes are open until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5 (Election Day).

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Contact:

​Mary Hall 
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us
360.786.5408
711 Washington Relay



Assisted Voting Device Available to Help Voters Cast Ballots for the General Election
Voters wanting assistance may cast ballots with the assisted voting device

OLYMPIA – If voters need assistance casting their General Election ballots, a voting device is available at the Thurston County Auditor's Office between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Election Day, November 5, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Voters may also use an assisted voting device at the locations and times below.

Saturday, October 19
11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Capitol City Council of the Blind, Olympia Elks Lodge (1818 4th Ave E, Olympia)

Tuesday, October 22
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Olympics West Senior Living Community (929 Trosper Road SW, Tumwater)

Thursday, October 24
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Panorama CNR (1600 Sleater Kinney Road SE, Lacey)
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 p.m.

Panorama Assisted Living (1800 Sleater Kinney Road SE, Lacey)

An assisted voting device enables voters with visual impairments, cognitive/learning disabilities, illiteracy, and limited mobility to vote privately and independently. This device can read the ballot, magnify the print, mark the ballot, and verify their votes on a paper ballot.

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Notice of the November 5, 2019 General Election

A ballot will be mailed to all Thurston County voters residing in the participating jurisdictions:

Participating Jurisdictions:

Port of Olympia (Commissioner, District No. 1),Town of Bucoda (Council, Positions No. 1, 2 & 4), City of Lacey (Council, Positions No. 1, 2 & 3), City of Olympia (Mayor, Council, Positions No. 2 & 3), City of Rainier (Council Positions No. 2 & 4), City of Tenino (Mayor, Council, Positions No. 2 & 5), City of Tumwater (Council, Positions No. 1, 2, 3 & 7), City of Yelm (Council, Positions No. 1, 2 & 6), Centralia School District No. 401-L (Director, Positions No. 2, 3 & 4), Griffin School District No. 324 (Director, Positions No. 1, 2 & 3), North Thurston Public Schools (Director, Districts No. 1, 4 & 5), Olympia School District No. 111 (Director, Districts No. 1, 2 & 4), Rainier School District No. 307 (Director, Districts No. 1, 2, & 3), Rochester School District No. 401 (Director, Districts No. 2, 3 & 4), Tenino School District No. 402 (Director, Districts No. 2, 3, 4 & 5), Tumwater School District No. 33 (Director, Districts No. 2, 3 & 5), Yelm Community Schools (Director, Districts No. 2, 3 & 5), Fire Protection District No. 3 – Lacey (Commissioner, Positions No. 2 & 5), Fire Protection District No. 6 – East Olympia (Commissioner, Position No. 1), Fire Protection District No. 8 - South Bay (Commissioner, Positions No. 3 & 4), Fire Protection District No. 9 – McLane Black Lake (Commissioner, Positions No. 1 & 2), Fire Protection District 12 (Commissioner, Positions No. 2 & 5), Fire Protection District No. 13 – Griffin (Commissioner, Position No. 2), Fire Protection District No. 17 – Bald Hills (Commissioner, Positions No. 2 & 3), SE Thurston Fire Authority (Sub Region 1, Commissioner, Position No. 1 & Sub Region 2, Commissioner, Position No. 1), West Thurston Regional Fire Authority – Rochester (Commissioner, Positions No. 1 & 3), West Thurston Regional Fire Authority – Littlerock (Commissioner, Position No. 1), Tanglewilde Parks & Recreation District No. 1 (Commissioner, Position No. 1), Cemetery District No. 1 – Grand Mound (Commissioner, Position No. 1), Cemetery District No. 2 – Yelm (Commissioner, Position No. 1), Thurston County Emergency Communication Systems and Facilities (Proposition No. 1), Fire Protection District 12 (Proposition No. 1), Fire Protection District No. 17 – Bald Hills (Proposition No. 1), and Tanglewilde Parks & Recreation District No. 1 (Proposition No. 1).

Registration Deadlines:

  • Mon, Oct 28: Deadline to register or update current registration by online, mail or other remote means.
  • Tues, Nov 5: Deadline to register/change address in person at the Thurston County Auditor's Office.

Where to register, obtain a ballot and ask for more information:

  • Online: ThurstonVotes.org
  • Phone: 360.786.5408
  • In Person: Thurston County Auditor's Office, 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW, Bldg 1
    Rm 118, Olympia, WA 98502

Voter Registration Forms: Available at all Thurston County Timberland Libraries, city/town halls, schools, fire stations, and licensing agencies.

 

 

Accessible Voting Assistance is available at the Thurston County Courthouse, Auditor's Office (Oct 16-Nov 4, M-F, 8 am-4:30 pm and Nov 5, 8:00 am-8:00 pm), Capital Council of the Blind (Oct 19, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, 1818 4th Ave E, Olympia), Olympics West Senior Living Community (Oct 22, 9:30 am-10:30 am, 929 Trosper Rd SW, Tumwater), Panorama – CNR (Oct 24, 9:30 am-10:30 am, 1600 Sleater Kinney Rd SE, Lacey), and Panorama – Assisted Living (Oct 24, 10:45 am-11:45 am, 1800 Sleater Kinney Rd SE, Lacey).

Voter Assistance @ Your Library – Timberland Libraries: Register to vote online and download a ballot during the libraries normal operating hours, Nov 5 at the Lacey branch - 500 College St SE, Olympia – 313 8th Ave SE, Tenino branch – 172 Central Ave W, Tumwater branch – 7023 New Market St SW, and Yelm branch – 210 Prairie Park St NE.

Meetings to canvass ballots and finalize the election are open to the public. Meetings are held at the Thurston County Ballot Processing Center on Thursday, November 14 at 1:00 pm, Friday, November 22 at 3:30 pm, Monday, November 25 at 2:00 pm and at the Thurston County Auditor's Office on Tuesday, November 26 at 12:00 pm.

Logic and Accuracy Test: This test is open to the public and demonstrates the accuracy of tabulation equipment. This test will take place Thursday, October 17 at 11:00 am at the Ballot Processing Center.


Ballot Processing Center: 2905 29th Ave SW Ste F, Tumwater, WA 98512

 

Disabilities: Citizens with disabilities requiring special accommodation should contact Tillie Naputi-Pullar, 360.786.5408 or Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing:  711 Washington Relay.

 

Dated this 15th day of October 2019
Mary Hall
Thurston County Auditor

Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, October 7, 2019
Contact:

Mary Hall
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us 
360.786.5408  
711 Washington Relay


November General Local Voters’ Pamphlets
Voters can learn about candidates and local ballot measures in the general local voters’ pamphlet

TUMWATER – The Thurston County Auditor's Office and the Secretary of State's Office have mailed voters' pamphlets for the November 5 General Election to more than 100,000 households in Thurston County. The pamphlets are combined so voters will receive one pamphlet with all state and local jurisdictions and issues. The Thurston County Official Local Voter's Pamphlet is found on pages 47-103.

Local candidates and measures on the General ballot include:

  • Commissioner, District No. 1: Port of Olympia
  • Mayor: Olympia, Tenino.
  • City and Town Council: Bucoda, Lacey, Olympia, Rainier, Tenino, Tumwater, Yelm
  • School Board Director: Centralia School District No. 401-L, Griffin School District No. 324, North Thurston Public Schools, Olympia School District No. 111, Rainier School District No. 307, Rochester School District No. 401, Tenino School District No. 402, Tumwater School District No. 33, Yelm Community Schools
  • Fire Commissioners: Fire Protection District No. 03 – Lacey, Fire Protection District No. 06 – East Olympia, Fire Protection District No. 08 – South Bay, Fire Protection District No. 09 – McLane Black Lake, Fire Protection District 12, Fire Protection District No. 13 – Griffin, Fire Protection District No. 17 – Bald Hills, SE Thurston Regional Fire Authority, West Thurston Regional Fire Authority (Littlerock), West Thurston Regional Fire Authority (Rochester)
  • Park Commissioner: Tanglewilde Parks & Recreation District No. 1
  • Cemetery Commissioners: Cemetery District No. 1 (Grand Mound), Cemetery District No. 2 (Yelm)
  • Ballot measures for Thurston County, Thurston County Fire Protection District 12, Thurston County Fire Protection District No. 17, and Tanglewilde Parks and Recreation District

Ballots will be mailed on October 16.

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, October 4, 2019
Contact:

Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor, TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us(360) 786-5224            
711 Washington Relay


Thurston County Auditor’s Office Will Close on Monday, October 14 For Training
Licensing and Recording, Elections and Financial Services Will Reopen on October 15

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Office will close to the public on Monday, October 14 for staff training. The Auditor's Office provides Licensing, Recording, Passport, Elections and Financial services. These offices will re-open with normal business hours on Tuesday, October 15 at 8 a.m.

"That Monday banks and title companies are closed and it's our slowest day of the year. We use this opportunity to close on a day with minimal customer impact to focus on staff training," said Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor. "We will be training on two major priorities of the office, cybersecurity and emergency preparedness."

For immediate needs, you can visit one of two alternatives:

  • For licensing services, visit one of the eight local subagents located throughout Thurston County.  A complete subagent listing and their hours of operation, can be found on our website.

  • For voter registration, you can register online at the VoteWA portal.

 

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, September 20, 2019
Contact:

Mary Hall
elections@co.thurston.wa.us
360.786.5408
711 Washington Relay



Ballots Mailed to Military and Overseas Voters for the November 5 General Election
The Thurston County Auditor’s Elections Division has mailed over 7,000 General Election ballots and pamphlets to military and overseas voters.

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Elections Division has mailed over 7,000 General Election ballots and pamphlets to military and overseas voters registered in Thurston County. Ballot declarations must be signed and dated by Election Day or received via email or fax by 8 p.m. Pacific Time on Election Night.

For voters not in the military, ballots will be mailed on October 16.

Races and measures on the ballot include Port of Olympia commissioner, city and town offices, school board directors, fire district commissioners, parks and recreation district commissioners, cemetery commissioners, and Thurston County, Tanglewilde Parks and Recreation District, and fire district levies.

Military and overseas voters who have not received a ballot by Thursday, October 10 should contact the Elections Division at 360.786.5408 or elections@co.thurston.wa.us for a replacement ballot.

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Contact:

Mary Hall, TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us 360.786.5408   711 Washington Relay



Thurston County Certifies August 2019 Primary
The Thurston County Canvassing Board has certified the August 6, 2019 Primary Election.

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Canvassing Board has certified the August 6, 2019 Primary Election.

Final election results can be found at ThurstonVotes.org. This certification was performed by the canvassing board represented by the Chair of the County Commission, the Prosecuting Attorney's designee and the Auditor.

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Thurston County Primary Election – August 6, 2019

 

Meeting 1, Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Thurston County Canvassing Board is meeting at the Ballot Processing Center:

Where:  2905 29th Ave SW, Ste E & F
             Tumwater, WA  98512

When:  11:00 am 

They will canvass ballots for the August 6, 2019 Primary Election.

 

Meeting 2, Monday, August 19, 2019

The Thurston County Canvassing Board is meeting at the Ballot Processing Center:

Where:  2905 29th Ave SW, Ste E & F
             Tumwater, WA  98512

When:  12:30 pm 

They will canvass ballots for the August 6, 2019 Primary Election.

 

Meeting 3, Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The Thurston County Canvassing Board is meeting at the Thurston County Courthouse, Auditor's Office:

Where:  2000 Lakeridge Dr SW, Bldg 1, Room 118
             Olympia, WA  98502

When:  1:00 pm 

They will certify the August 6, 2019 Primary Election.

Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Contact:
​Mary Hall, Auditor, TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us 360.786.5408, 711 Washington Relay

Auditor’s Office Seeks Community Members to Serve on “Against” Committees for Measures in the November General Election
There will be elections for Thurston County, South Thurston County Fire District 12, and Thurston County Fire Protection District 17.

OLYMPIA The Thurston County Auditor’s Office seeks "against" committee members for the following November ballot measures:

  • Thurston County Emergency Communication Systems and Facilities, Proposition No. 1, Sales and Use Tax Levy
  • South Thurston County Fire District No. 12, Proposition No. 1, Authorizing Restoration of Previous Property Tax Levy
  • Thurston County Fire Protection District No. 17, Proposition No. 1, Authorization for the Current Property Tax Levy to Remain

Committee members provide written arguments in support of or against a ballot measure that will appear in the Local Voters’ Pamphlet.

Committee member names must be submitted to the Auditor’s Office by noon on Tuesday, August 13 via email at pamphlet@co.thurston.wa.us or in person at 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Bldg 1, Rm 118, Olympia, WA.

To learn what you must submit, see page 8 of the administrative rules for jurisdictions found on our website at ThurstonVotes.org.

Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, August 2, 2019
Contact:

​Mary Hall, TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us
360.786.5408   711 Washington Relay


Election Day Reminder
13.83% of Thurston County ballots have been returned in the August 6, 2019 Primary Election

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Office reminds voters the deadline to return ballots is Tuesday, August 6. Voters who have not received or have misplaced their ballot can request a replacement ballot by calling the Auditor's Office at 360.786.5408, emailing elections@co.thurston.wa.us, or visiting the Elections Office at 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW, Building 1, Room 118, Olympia, WA.

Ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, August 6, Election Day or deposited into one of the 28 ballot drop boxes no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day. A list of drop box locations may be found online at ThurstonVotes.org, in the voters' pamphlet, and in the ballot packet. Voters who mail their ballot should check mailbox pickup times to make sure the ballot will receive an Election Day postmark. No stamp is necessary.

The Thurston County Auditor's Office is a designated voting center during business hours, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and on Election Day from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Voters may obtain a ballot, ask questions, or use a voting assistance device. The Auditor's Office is located in the Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Building 1, Room 118, Olympia, WA.
Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Contact:

​Mary Hall, TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us 360.786.5408 711 Washington Relay


Special Three-Day Filing Period Open for Offices Without Candidates
Citizens are encouraged to run for local elected office.

OLYMPIA – A special three-day filing period will be held Wednesday, August 14 through Friday, August 16 to allow citizens to run for elected office for positions without candidates. Open positions include:

  • School Board Director, Rochester School District No. 401, Director District No. 3
  • Commissioner, West Thurston Regional Fire (Rochester), Position No. 1
  • Commissioner, Tanglewilde Parks & Recreation, District No. 1, Positions No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4
These positions have no filing fee. Mail applications will be accepted beginning August 2.

Candidates may file beginning Wednesday, August 14:
  • Online: 9:00 a.m. at ThurstonVotes.org
  • By fax/email: 8:00 a.m. - 360.786.5223 or elections@co.thurston.wa.us
  • In person: 8:00 a.m.
    Thurston County Courthouse
    2000 Lakeridge Dr SW, Building 1, Room 118
    Olympia, WA 98502
All candidate filings must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 16. A lot draw for order of candidates on the general ballot will be held shortly after 4:30 p.m. The public is invited to observe.

"This special three-day filing period is a second chance for citizens to run for elected office," said Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall. "These local elected positions are important. People have another opportunity to make a difference in their community."

Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Contact:

​Mary Hall, TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us 360.786.5408 711 Washington Relay

     



Voter Registration Deadlines for the August 6 Primary
Citizens encouraged to register to vote or update their voter registration

OLYMPIA – Below are the voter registration deadlines for the August 6 Primary:

Monday, July 29, 2019:

Last day  for remote registrations and updates to existing registrations online, by mail, or at voter registration drives, etc.         

Tuesday, August 6, 2019:

Updates or new registrations received by an election official after Monday, July 29th can be done in person until 8 p.m. on election day at your county's Auditor's Office.

Where to Register or Update Voter Registration:

In Person / Mail
Thurston County Auditor's Office  
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Bldg. 1 Rm 118 
Olympia, WA 98502
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Telephone                               
360.786.5408

Online / Email
VoteWa.gov
elections@co.thurston.wa.us

For a list of races and candidates, visit ThurstonVotes.org.


Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, July 19, 2019
Contact:

​Mary Hall, TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us 360.786.5408
711 Washington Relay


Assisted Voting Device Available to Help Voters Cast Ballots for the Primary Election
Voters wanting assistance may cast ballots with the assisted voting device

OLYMPIA – For voters needing assistance casting their Primary Election ballots a voting device is available at the Thurston County Auditor's Office between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Election Day, August 6, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Election officials also invite voters to use an assisted voting device at the locations below.

Saturday July 20, 11:00 a.m.
Capitol City Council of the Blind
Olympia Elks Lodge
1818 4th Ave E, Olympia

Thursday, July 25, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Panorama – CNR
1600 Sleater Kinney Rd. SE, Lacey

Thursday, July 25, 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Panorama – Assisted Living
1800 Sleater Kinney Rd. SE, Lacey

An assisted voting device enables voters with visual impairments, cognitive/learning disabilities, illiteracy, and limited mobility to vote privately and independently. This device can read the ballot, magnify the print, mark the ballot, and verify their votes on a paper ballot.


Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Contact:

Mary Hall, TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us 360.786.5408
711 Washington Relay



Ballots Available and Ballot Drop Boxes Open for the August 6, 2019 Primary Election


OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Elections Division mailed more than 149,000 ballots to voters in Thurston County for the August 6 Primary Election. Ballots are also available at the Thurston County Auditor's Office, located at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Building 1, Room 118 in Olympia. 

Any registered voter who thinks they should have received a ballot but has not by Wednesday, July 24 should contact the auditor's office at 360.786.5408 or elections@co.thurston.wa.us or visit the auditor's office in person.

Remote voter registration is available up to eight days before election day at  https://voter.votewa.gov/WhereToVote.aspx. In person registration is available all the way up to election day at the auditor's office.

Candidates and local measures on the Primary ballot include:

  • City of Lacey Council Position No. 1
  • City of Olympia Mayor and Council Member Positions No. 2 and No. 3
  • City of Yelm Council Position No. 1
  • Centralia School District #401-L School Board Director Position No. 2
  • North Thurston Public Schools School Board Director District No. 1
  • Olympia School District No. 111 School Board Director District No. 1
  • Tenino School District No. 402 School Board Director District No. 4
  • Yelm Community Schools School Board Director District No. 2
  • Thurston County Fire Protection District No. 9 (McLane Black Lake) Proposition No. 1
  • West Thurston Regional Fire Authority (Rochester) Proposition No. 1
  • West Thurston Regional Fire Authority (Littlerock) Proposition No. 1

Ballots for military and overseas voters registered in Thurston County were mailed on Friday, June 21.

The Auditor's Office opened 28 secure ballot drop boxes throughout the county. A list of locations and addresses is included in mailed ballot materials and available online at ThurstonVotes.org.

Mailed ballots must be postmarked by August 6. Voters are advised to check mailboxes for pickup times to make sure their ballots will be postmarked by Election Day. No stamp is needed to mail your ballot. If you miss your mail pickup time, ballot drop boxes are open until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6 (Election Day).

For more information, visit ThurstonVotes.org or call 360.786.5408.


Notice of Special Canvassing Board Meeting

Notice of Canvassing Board Meeting & Agenda
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Thurston County Canvassing Board is meeting at the Thurston County Auditor's Office:

Where:            

2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
Building 1, Room 118
Olympia, WA  98502

When:              
4 p.m. 

They will adopt changes to the Canvassing Board Manual.


Notice of Canvassing Board Meetings and Agendas and Logic and Accuracy Test

Thurston County Primary Election – August 6, 2019
Notice of Logic and Accuracy Test

Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Logic and Accuracy test is held at the Ballot Processing Center:

Where:
2905 29th Ave SW, Ste E & F
Tumwater, WA  98512

When:             
10:00 am 

 This test ensures voting equipment will accurately tabulate results.


Thurston County Special Election – August 6, 2019
Notice of Canvassing Board Meetings & Agendas

Meeting 1, Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Thurston County Canvassing Board is meeting at the Ballot Processing Center:

Where:           
2905 29th Ave SW, Ste E & F
Tumwater, WA  98512

 When:             
11:00 am 

 They will canvass ballots for the August 6, 2019 Primary Election.


Meeting 2, Monday, August 19, 2019

The Thurston County Canvassing Board is meeting at the Ballot Processing Center:

Where:           
2905 29th Ave SW, Ste E & F
Tumwater, WA  98512

When:             
12:30 pm 

They will canvass ballots for the August 6, 2019 Primary Election.

 

Meeting 3, Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The Thurston County Canvassing Board is meeting at the Thurston County Courthouse, Auditor's Office:

Where:           
2000 Lakeridge Dr SW, Bldg 1, Room 118
Olympia, WA  98502

When:             
1:00 pm 

They will certify the August 6, 2019 Primary Election.


Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, July 12, 2019
Contact:

​​​Mary Hall, Auditor, TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us, 360.786.5408, 711 Washington Relay


Lifelong Voters to Be Honored for Commitment to Democracy
 “Civic Pride Honor Roll” Ceremony celebrates voters who have voted for 50 or more years

OLYMPIA, WA – The Thurston County Auditor will honor hundreds of citizens who've voted for 50 years or more at a "Civic Pride Honor Roll" ceremony on Monday, July 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the Hotel RL in Olympia. Honorees will receive a certificate and commemorative lapel pin and hear from distinguished speakers.

"These gold star voters have greatly impacted our communities by participating in every election," said Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall. "We're proud of these citizens' outstanding voting records. It's an honor to recognize their lifelong dedication to democracy, and I hope future generations will choose to follow their model of civic engagement."

Honorees are registered voters in Thurston County and have voted for 50 years or more. To learn more about this event, contact the Auditor's Elections Division at 360.786.5408 or elections@co.thurston.wa.us

 WHO:
Thurston County 50 Year Voters
Thurston County Auditor's Elections Division

WHAT:                
"Civic Pride Honor Roll" Ceremony to honor those who have been voting for 50 years or more

WHERE:              
Hotel RL
2300 Evergreen Park Dr. SW
Olympia, WA 98502

WHEN:
Monday, July 15, 2019
2:00 p.m.


Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, July 11, 2019
Contact:

​​Mary Hall, Auditor, TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us, 360.786.5408, 711 Washington Relay


August Primary Local Voters’ Pamphlets
Voters can learn about candidates and local ballot measures in the primary local voters’ pamphlet

TUMWATER, WA – The Thurston County Auditor's Office has mailed local voters' pamphlets for the August 6 Primary election to more than 100,000 households in Thurston County. 

Candidates and local measures on the Primary ballot include:

  • City of Lacey Council: Position No. 1
  • City of Olympia Mayor and Council Member: Positions No. 2 and No. 3
  • City of Yelm Council: Position No. 1
  • Centralia School District #401-L: School Board Director Position No. 2
  • North Thurston Public Schools: School Board Director, District No. 1
  • Olympia School District No. 111: School Board Director, District No. 1
  • Tenino School District No. 402: School Board Director, District No.4
  • Yelm Community Schools: School Board Director, District No. 2
  • Thurston County Fire Protection District No. 9 (McLane Black Lake): Proposition No. 1
  • West Thurston Regional Fire Authority (Rochester): Proposition No. 1
  • West Thurston Regional Fire Authority (Littlerock): Proposition No. 1

The two candidates who receive the most votes in each race will advance to the November General Election.

 

Ballots will be mailed on July 17.


Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, July 5, 2019
Contact:

​Mary Hall, Auditor, TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us, 360.786.5408, 711 Washington Relay


Thurston County Receives Fourth Straight Clean Audit

OLYMPIA, WA – For the fourth straight year, Thurston County received a clean audit from the State Auditor's Office.

An audit team from the State Auditor's office worked with the Thurston County Auditor's Financial Services Division for the last two months to complete financial and accountability audits. Staff from the Board of County Commissioners', Treasurer's and Assessor's offices and other county departments also helped with the audit.

One focus of the audit included looking into the emergency procurement of emergency repairs to the county courthouse following a blackout that shut down much of county government. "Even when we're faced with an emergency, our diligent financial staff make sure we work in a transparent and accountable way," said Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor.

The State Auditor's Office also took a particular look at open public meeting practices, the Assessor's Office, cash receipting and accounts payable, among other focusses in their audit.

The State Auditor's Office complimented the openness and hospitality of the Financial Services division staff in opening additional office space and providing assistance throughout the audit. "County staff members were accessible and had timely responses to our questions and requests," read part of the State Auditor's Office exit conference memo. "There were several County staff members who spent a great deal of their days working with auditors, and we appreciate their cooperation."

"Clean audits are a credit to our diligent and talented county staff," Hall said. "I expect this kind of audit to become the norm for us."

You can find a copy of the State Auditor's reports here:

More information on the financial state of Thurston County is found in the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report published by the Thurston County Auditor's Financial Services division.


Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 21, 2019
Contact:

​Tillie Naputi-Pullar, TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us, 360.786.5408, 711 Washington Relay


Ballots Mailed to Military and Overseas Voters for the August 6 Primary
Over 7,000 ballots on their way to overseas voters

OLYMPIA, WA – The Thurston County Auditor's Elections Division has mailed over 7,000 Primary ballots and pamphlets to military and overseas voters registered in Thurston County. Ballot declarations must be signed and dated by Election Day or received via email or fax by 8 p.m. Pacific Time on Election Night.

For voters not in the military or overseas, ballots will be mailed on July 17.

Races and measures on the ballot include city and town offices, school board directors, and levies for Fire Districts.

Military and overseas voters who have not received a ballot by Thursday, July 11 should contact the Elections Division at 360.786.5408 for a replacement ballot. 


Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, June 17, 2019
Contact:

​Mary Hall, Auditor, TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us 360.786.5408, 711 Washington Relay


Document Recording Fee Increases Begin July 1 and July 28
During the 2019 legislative session, the state legislature passed two bills that increased the fees charged for recording

OLYMPIA, WA – During the 2019 legislative session, the state legislature passed two bills – ESHB 2015 and E2SHB 1923 – that increased the fees charged for recording some documents by up to $5.

Revenue generated by the new fees will go to the construction and operation of the new Washington state library-archives building and preventing suburban sprawl.

The new fees will be rolled out in two stages, on July 1 and then on July 28, 2019. These fee increases only apply to the first page of recorded documents. Fees for additional pages will stay the same. A complete list of our new fee schedule is available online.

July 1 effective fee schedule

July 28 effective fee schedule

The Thurston County Auditor's Office distributed a memo to document recording customers and stakeholders outlining the fee changes and which documents the fee increase impacts. The Auditor's Licensing and Recording division began sharing the memo with customers in late May at its office and by mail.

"Our recording clients and stakeholders depend on our high level of customer service," said Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall.  "We wanted to make sure they were aware of these fee increases as soon as possible so they could plan well in advance."

State law requires the Auditor's Office to collect full fees. Any document submitted without full payment to the Auditor's Office are sent back with a request for the customer to resend the documents with correct fees.

Customers should contact the Thurston County Auditor's Office Licensing and Recording Division with questions or concerns at 360.786.5405, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Thurston County Auditor's Office provides document recording services to the general public. Our recording services include customer service for document recording, access to recorded documents, and map and land record research. For more information, visit the Auditor's Recording webpage.


Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, May 10, 2019
Contact:
Mary Hall, Auditor, TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us 360.786.5408, 711 Washington Relay

Auditor’s Office Seeks Community Members to Serve on “Against” Committees for Measures in the August Primary
Elections for West Thurston Regional Fire Authority (Littlerock), West Thurston Regional Fire Authority (Rochester), and Black Lake Fire District

OLYMPIA, WA – The Thurston County Auditor’s Office seeks “against” committee members for the following February ballot measures:
  • West Thurston Regional Fire Authority (Littlerock)
  • West Thurston Regional Fire Authority (Rochester)
  • Black Lake Fire District No. 9 – McLane Black Lake
Committee members provide written arguments in support of or against a ballot measure that will appear in the Local Voters’ Pamphlet.

“These committees give voters more perspectives and a better understanding of an issue,” said Auditor Mary Hall. “If you have an opinion about how your district operates, I encourage you to join the committee to help educate your fellow citizens.”

Committee member names must be submitted to the Auditor’s Office by 12 p.m. on Friday, May 17 via email at pamphlet@co.thurston.wa.us or in-person at 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Bldg 1, Rm 118 Olympia, WA.

To learn what you must submit, see page 8 of the administrative rules for jurisdictions found on our website at ThurstonVotes.org.
Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, May 9, 2019
Contact:

​​Mary Hall, Auditor, TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us
360.786.5408   Washington Relay 711


Candidate Filing Week is May 13 - 17
The Thurston County Auditor’s Office encourages community residents to get involved in the election process by running for elected office.

OLYMPIA, WA – The Thurston County Auditor's Office encourages community residents to get involved in the election process by running for elected office. The 2019 election season begins Monday, May 13 with the start of Candidate Filing Week. For a list of offices up for election, visit ThurstonVotes.org to see our 2019 Candidate Guide.

Filing Week is May 13 - 17. Candidates may file:

OnlineMonday, May 13 at 9 a.m. through Friday, May 17 at 4 p.m.
In personMonday, May 13 through Friday, May 17, daily 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
By mailFilings must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17

 

Filing fees vary for each elected position. Candidates can pay online with Visa, American Express, or MasterCard; in person; by mail; or by filing fee petition. Filing fees are nonrefundable and must be received in the Thurston County Auditor's Office by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17.

Candidate filings received after 4:30 p.m. Friday will not be accepted. The order of candidates listed on the ballot will be determined by random lot drawing after 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

For additional information, contact the Elections Division at 360.786.5408 or visit the Thurston County Auditor's Become a Candidate webpage.

Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Contact:

​​Mary Hall, Auditor, TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us
360.786.5408   Washington Relay 711


Don’t Forget to Pack Proper Payment When You Come to the Auditor’s Office for a Passport
As the vacation season approaches, don’t forget to pack appropriately before you visit the Thurston County Auditor’s Office to apply for a passport.

OLYMPIA, WA – As the vacation season approaches, don't forget to pack appropriately before you visit the Thurston County Auditor's Office to apply for a passport. The most-missed item for passport seekers is a check book.

Because of requirements by the federal government, the Auditor's passport processing agents send your payment directly to U.S. Department of State along with your application, and they do not accept payment by cash or card. Auditor staff cannot process application packets without a check, money order or cashier's check.

"We know that people don't have a lot of time to waste when they're planning for long trips, so making sure you have everything you need before you apply for a passport is extremely helpful," said Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor. A list of everything you need to bring is available on the Auditor's Office Passports webpage.

The Thurston County Auditor's office is the only passport services agency in Thurston County open five days a week for full business hours. You can also get your passport photos taken in the Auditor's office for the convenience of one stop shopping. In addition to passport and photo services, the Auditor's office provides licensing, document recording, elections, and county financial services.

The demand for passports is expected to continue to rise as a result of implementation of REAL ID identification requirements. Standard driver's licenses (non-enhanced) and ID cards will no longer be accepted at airports beginning October 2020. Passengers will need enhanced drivers licenses or passports to board commercial airlines.

The Auditor's passport office is located at 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW, Olympia, WA 98502 in Building 1, Room 106. For more information about passport services, please visit the Auditor's Office Passports webpage.

 

Mary Hall
AUDITOR

Media Advisory
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Contact:

​Mary Hall, Auditor, TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us
360.786.5408   Washington Relay 711


Auditor’s Elections Division to Hold Candidate Filing Workshop
Event assists citizens in filing documents to become candidates for local elected office

OLYMPIA, WA – The Thurston County Auditor's Elections Division welcomes citizens interested in becoming candidates for local elected office to the "Candidate Filing Workshop" on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at the Ballot Processing Center in Tumwater.

Seventy elected positions are on the ballot this year. Offices include Port of Olympia commissioner, city and town council members, school board directors, fire commissioners, parks and recreation commissioners, and cemetery district commissioners.

WHO:                 Thurston County Auditor's Elections Division
                            Anyone Interested in Becoming a Candidate for Local Elected Office

WHAT:                Workshop on How to File for Local Elected Office
                            Working with the Public Disclosure Commission

WHERE:              Ballot Processing Center
                            2905 29th Avenue SW, Suite E
                            Tumwater, WA 98512

WHEN:               Tuesday, April 16, 2019
                            5:30 p.m.

ABOUT THURSTON COUNTY AUDITOR'S ELECTION DIVISION

The award-winning Elections Division of the Thurston County Auditor's Office administers all public elections for Thurston County residents. In 2016, the Elections Division won a statewide award for its outreach and education work from the Office of the Secretary of State.

Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, February 22, 2019
Contact:

​Mary Hall, Auditor, TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us 360.786.5408 711 Washington Relay


Thurston County Certifies February Special Election

OLYMPIA, WA – The Thurston County Canvassing Board has certified the February 2019 Special Election. You can find local election results at thurstonvotes.org.

The Canvassing Board met two times for the February election to review ballots and vote totals. The Board, comprised of the County Auditor, Prosecuting Attorney, and Chair of the County Commission, determines voter intent, the validity of ballots, and certifies the election.

Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, February 11, 2019
Contact:
Mary Hall, Auditor, TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us 360.786.5408. 711 Washington Relay

Despite Courthouse closure, Thurston County Elections will open 10 a.m - 8 p.m. on February 12, Election Day.
OLYMPIA, WA - The Thurston County Elections Office will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow, February 12. Voters in Tanglewilde Parks and Recreation District No. 1 and Yelm Community Schools are conducting special elections. Voters will be able to access all election services including replacement ballots at the county courthouse. Election results will be posted shortly after 8 p.m.

There are 10 drop boxes located across the county which will close promptly at 8 p.m.  Voters are encouraged to exercise caution while returning their ballots. Voters may also download a ballot at ThurstonVotes.org. All ballots including online ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, or in a drop box no later than 8 p.m. 

There are no provisions in state law to delay an election due to inclement weather. 

Questions? Call Thurston County Elections at 360.786.5408. 

Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, February 7, 2019
Contact:
Mary Hall, Auditor, TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us 360.786.5408 711 Washington Relay

Forecasted Storms and Election Day Reminder
For voters residing in Tanglewilde Parks and Recreation District No. 1 and Yelm Community Schools.

​OLYMPIA, WA – The Thurston County Auditor’s Office reminds voters Election Day is Tuesday, February 12. With the forecasted snow, voters are reminded to turn in their ballots as soon as possible. Drop boxes close at 8 p.m. sharp on Election Day, or must be postmarked by Election Day. Election Day does not change due to inclement weather.

Voters who have not received or have misplaced their ballot can request a replacement ballot: Online: ThurstonVotes.org
Phone: 360.786.5408
Email: elections@co.thurston.wa.us
In person: Thurston County Auditor’s Office

2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Building 1, Room 118

Olympia, WA 98502
 

Ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, February 12 or deposited into one of the 10 open ballot drop boxes no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day. A list of drop box locations may be found at ThurstonVotes.org. Voters who mail their ballot should check mailbox pickup times to make sure the ballot will receive an Election Day postmark. The Thurston County Auditor’s Office is a designated voting center from January 23 through Election Day. At the Auditor’s Office, voters may obtain a ballot, ask questions, use the AutoMARK™ voting assistance device, and take a selfie with Billy the Ballot Box.
Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, January 24, 2019
Contact:

​​Mary Hall, Auditor, TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us 360.786.5408 711 Washington Relay


Auditor’s Financial Services Team Receives Award for Financial Reporting

OLYMPIA, WA – The Government Financial Officers Association (GFOA) has awarded the Auditor's Financial Services team with its 12th consecutive Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement recognizes state and local governments who go above and beyond minimum requirements for financial reporting.

"The GFOA award reflects the high quality of financial reporting in Thurston County and our commitment to making county finances transparent and accessible," said Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall. "Each year many talented people on our Financial Services team contribute to the report, and this award recognizes their valuable contribution."

Each CAFR covers a fiscal year (January 1 through December 31). Thurston County is one of only a few counties in Washington that go beyond the requirements of the Washington State Auditor's Office to produce a CAFR instead of a basic Annual Financial Report.

CAFRs from previous years are also available on the Auditor's Financial Reports webpage.

The Auditor's Financial Services team provides direct financial services and guidance to Thurston County offices and departments in the areas of accounting, accounts payable and receivable, payroll, financial reporting, and grants management.

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Contact:

​Mary Hall, Auditor, TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us 360.786.5408 711 Washington Relay


Ballots Available and Ballot Drop Boxes Open for the February Special Election

OLYMPIA, WA – The Thurston County Auditor's Elections Division has mailed ballots to registered voters in Thurston County for the February 12 Special Election. Tanglewilde Parks and Recreation District No. 1 and Yelm Community Schools each have a measure on the ballot. Voters will also receive a local voters' pamphlet in their ballot packet.

Any registered voter living in the Tanglewilde Parks and Recreation District No. 1 and Yelm Community Schools who has not received a ballot by Thursday, January 31 should contact the Thurston County Auditor's Elections Division at 360.786.5408 or elections@co.thurston.wa.us, or visit the Auditor's Office for a replacement ballot.

There are 10 ballot drop boxes open throughout Thurston County. A list of locations and addresses is included with the ballot and available online at ThurstonVotes.org. These boxes are open 24 hours-a-day and will close promptly at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12 (Election Day). Mailed ballots must be postmarked by February 12; voters should check mailboxes for pick-up times, as the pick-up time may be much earlier than 8 p.m. on Election Day. For more information, visit ThurstonVotes.org or call 360.786.5408.

 

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Contact:

Mary Hall, Auditor, TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us 360.786.5408 711 Washington Relay




​February 12 Special Election Ballot Packets to be Mailed to Thurston County Households
Voters can learn more about local candidates and ballot measures

OLYMPIA, WA – Voters can expect to receive ballot packets with local voters’ pamphlets beginning on January 24.

Ballot packets will be mailed on January 23 and will include a voters’ pamphlet with information about measures for Tanglewilde Parks and Recreation District No. 1 or Yelm Community Schools.

The voters’ pamphlet is also available in accessible formats on ThurstonVotes.org

Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, January 11, 2019
Contact:

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Mary Hall, Auditor, TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us, 360.786.5408, 711 Washington Relay


Ballots Mailed to Military and Overseas Voters for the February 12 Special Election

Olympia, WA – The Thurston County Auditor's Elections Division mailed over 1,100 Special Election ballots to military and overseas voters registered in Tanglewilde Parks and Recreation District No. 1 and Yelm Community Schools. Additionally, voters in the Tanglewilde Parks and Recreation District No. 1 and Yelm Community Schools will receive a local voters' pamphlet with their ballots. Online voters' pamphlets are available at ThurstonVotes.org.

This mailing comes 30 days in advance of February 12 (Election Day) and provides military and overseas voters with ample time to learn about the issues, vote, and return their ballots. Ballot declarations must be signed and dated by Election Day (February 12) or received via email or fax by 8 p.m. Pacific Time on Election Night.

Military and overseas voters who have not received a ballot by Friday, January 25 should contact the Elections Division at 360.786.5408 for a replacement ballot or visit ThurstonVotes.org to download a ballot.

The Elections Division will mail ballots to non-military and non-overseas voters on January 23.

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Contact:

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Mary Hall, Auditor, TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us, 360.786.5408, 711 Washington Relay


Voter Registration Deadlines for the February 12 Special Election
Elections held in the Tanglewilde Parks and Recreation District No. 1 and Yelm Community Schools.

OLYMPIA, WA – The Thurston County Elections Division announces the following voter registration deadlines for the February 12, 2019 Special Election:

Monday, January 14, 2019:

  • Last day to register online or by mail.
  • Last day to update an existing voter registration.                 

    Monday, February 4, 2019:
  • Last day to register to vote if not currently registered in Washington State. This must be done in person.

Where to Register or Update Voter Registrations:


In Person / Mail

Thurston County Courthouse

2000 Lakeridge Dr SW, Bldg 1 Rm 118

Olympia, WA 98502

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Telephone

360.786.5408


Online / Email

myvote.wa.gov

ThurstonVotes.org

elections@co.thurston.wa.us

Voters in Tanglewilde Parks and Recreation District No. 1 and Yelm Community Schools will have ballot measures to vote on in the Special Election.

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Notice of the February 12, 2019 Special Election

A ballot will be mailed to all Thurston County voters residing in the participating jurisdictions:

Participating Jurisdictions:

Yelm Community Schools (Proposition No. 1, Bonds to Improve Safety and Replace Schools)

Tanglewilde Parks and Recreation District (Proposition No. 1, Property Tax Levy)

Registration Deadlines:

  • Monday, January 14, 2019: Deadline to register to vote, transfer to a new address or update current registration by mail or online.
  • Monday, February 4, 2019: Deadline for first-time registrations in Washington State. Must be done in person at the Thurston County Auditor's Office.

Where to register, obtain a ballot and ask for more information:

  • Online: ThurstonVotes.org
  • Phone: 360.786.5408
  • In Person: Thurston County Auditor's Office, 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW, Bldg 1
    Rm 118, Olympia, WA 98502

Voter Registration Forms: Available at all Thurston County Timberland Libraries, city/town halls, schools, fire stations, and licensing agencies.

Meetings to canvass ballots and finalize the election are open to the public. Meetings are held at the Thurston County Ballot Processing Center on Thursday, February 21 at 11:00 am and at the Thurston County Auditor's Office on Friday, February 22 at 1:00 pm.

Ballot Processing Center: 2905 29th Ave SW Ste E, Tumwater, WA 98512

Disabilities: Citizens with disabilities requiring special accommodation should contact Tillie Naputi-Pullar, 360.786.5408 or Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing:  711 Washington Relay.

Dated this 5th day of January, 2019
Mary Hall
Thurston County Auditor

Mary Hall
AUDITOR

Media Advisory
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, December 17, 2018
Contact:

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Tillie Naputi-Pullar, TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us, 360.786.5408, 711 Washington Relay


Auditor’s Office to Host Swearing In Ceremony for Elected Officials

OLYMPIA, WA – Thurston County Elections will host a swearing in ceremony for recently elected officials at South Puget Sound Community College on Thursday, December 27. Sheriff John Snaza will deliver the Pledge of Allegiance, and Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst and Congressman Denny Heck will address attendees. The public is invited to attend this ceremony.

The elected officials to be sworn in include Thurston County offices of Assessor, Auditor, Clerk, Commissioner District No.3, Coroner, Prosecuting Attorney, Sheriff, Treasurer, District Court Judges, and Public Utility Commissioner District No. 1.

This event is free and open to the public. It will be held on December 27, 2018 at 2p.m. at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget Sound Community College (2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia, WA 98512).

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, December 14, 2018
Contact:
Tillie Naputi-Pullar, TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us 
360.786.5408, 711 Washington Relay

Auditor’s Office Seeks Citizens to Serve on “Against” Committees
There will be an election for Yelm Community Schools and Tanglewilde Parks and Recreation District

OLYMPIA, WA – The Thurston County Auditor’s Office seeks "against" committee members for the following February ballot measures:
  • Yelm Community Schools, Proposition No. 1, Bonds to Improve Safety and Replace Schools
  • Tanglewilde Parks and Recreation District, Resolution No. 1, Property Tax Levy
Committee members provide written arguments in support of or against a ballot measure that will appear in the Local Voters’ Pamphlet.

"These committees give voters more perspectives and a better understanding of an issue," said Auditor Mary Hall. "If you have an opinion about how your district operates, I encourage you to join the committee to help educate your fellow citizens."

Committee member names must be submitted to the Auditor’s Office by 12 p.m. on Friday, December 21 via email at pamphlet@co.thurston.wa.us or in-person at 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Bldg 1, Rm 118 Olympia, WA.

To learn what you must submit, see page 8 of the administrative rules for jurisdictions found on our website at ThurstonVotes.org.