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

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, September 23, 2022
Contact:

​Diana Benson, Thurston County Chief Deputy Auditor 
elections@co.thurston.wa.us 
360.786.5408 
711 Washington Relay 


Ballots Mailed to Military and Overseas Voters for the November 8 General Election

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Elections Division has mailed over 9,000 General Election ballots to military and overseas voters registered in Thurston County. Ballot envelopes must be signed and dated by Election Day or received via email or fax by 8 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Election Night, November 8, 2022. 

For voters not in the military or overseas, ballots will be mailed October 13 and received via mail or dropbox by 8:00 p.m. on Election night.   

Military and overseas voters who have not received a ballot by Monday, 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 16, 2022
Contact:

​​Diana Benson, Thurston County Chief Deputy Auditor 
elections@co.thurston.wa.us 
360.786.5408    
711 Washington Relay 




Canvassing Board Certifies Primary Election

 

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Canvassing Board has certified the August 2, 2022, Primary Election. Final election results can be found at ThurstonWAVotes.gov 
 

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Notice of Canvassing Board Meetings & Agendas

Thurston County Primary Election – August 2, 2022

Meetings are:

    • August 11th at 3:30 p.m. - They will canvass ballots for the August 2, 2022 Primary Election
    • August 15th at 3:30 p.m. - They will canvass ballots for the August 2, 2022 Primary Election
    • August 16th at 1:00 p.m. - They will certify the August 2, 2022 Primary Election
All Canvassing Board Meetings will be held at the:

Ballot Processing Center (Masks required)
2905 29th Avenue SW, Suite F
Tumwater, WA 98512


Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, August 8, 2022
Contact:
Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor 
360.786.5224 
711 Washington Relay 



Auditor Accepting Applications for Tenino Licensing Subagency

 

OLYMPIA – A conference call to answer questions on the selection process is scheduled for Tuesday, September 13 at 1:30 p.m. For information to call in, contatct Jared Krause at 360.754.4661 or jared.krause@co.thurston.wa.us.

The Thurston County Auditor is accepting applications for a vehicle/vessel licensing subagency in Tenino.  
 
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 Monday, September 12, 2022. 
 
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: Monday, August 1, 2022
Contact:

​Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us  
360.786.5224 
711 Washington Relay  


Auditor's Office Corrects Licensing Office Location Address

OLYMPIA – The State Department of Licensing sent vehicle licensing renewal notices with an incorrect address for the Thurston County Auditor's Licensing Office. The correct address for the Auditor's Office Licensing Division is:

2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW
Olympia, WA 98502

Up-to-date location information for the Auditor's Office is always available at ThurstonAuditor.gov
 
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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, July 28, 2022
Contact:

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


Auditor's Office Will Conduct Random Audit of the August 2 Primary Election
 
OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Office will conduct a random audit of the August 2 Primary Election. This test demonstrates the accuracy of the tabulation equipment.  
 
Observers appointed by the county Democratic and Republican parties will be on hand during the audit. Observers will be able to ask questions and learn more about the election process. Call 360.786.5408 or email elections@co.thurston.wa.us if you would like to become an observer. A livestream of the Ballot Processing Center is also available here: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/auditor/Pages/elections-live-feed.aspx 
 
Random Audit 
9 a.m., Thursday, August 4, 2022  
Ballot Processing Center 
2905 29th Avenue SW, Suite F  
Tumwater, WA 98512 
 
For the health and safety of election workers, all visitors must wear masks at the Ballot Processing Center. Citizens with disabilities requiring special accommodation should contact Tillie Naputi-Pullar, 360.786.5408 or Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing:  711 Washington Relay. 
 
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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Contact:

​Diana Benson, Thurston County Chief Deputy Auditor 
elections@co.thurston.wa.us 
360.786.5408 
711 Washington Relay 


Voter Registration Deadlines for the August 2 Primary Election
Citizens encouraged to register to vote or update their voter registration.


 
OLYMPIA – Below are the voter registration deadlines for the August 2 Primary Election in Thurston County 
 
Through Monday, July 25, 2022: 
 
Last day for remote registrations and updates to existing registrations online at VoteWA.gov, by mail, or at voter registration drives, etc. Must be received by an election official by close of business.  
 
On and After Tuesday, July 26, 2022: 

You may register or update your registration in-person until 8 p.m. on Election Day August 2, 2022 at:
  • Thurston County Drive-thru Voter Services or Walk-in Voting Center in the Elections office 
    2400 Evergreen Park Dr SW, Olympia, WA 98502 (M-F, 8-4:30; Election Day 8-8)  
  • The Voting Center at the Lacey Timberland Library  
    500 College St SE, Lacey, WA 98503 (M-F, 10-4; Election Day, 8-8)  
  • or at any other Auditor's office or Voting Center in the state 
 
For more information, visit ThurstonWAVotes.gov 
 
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Notice of the August 2, 2022 Primary Election

A ballot will be mailed to all Thurston County voters with a current mailing address.

Registration Deadlines:

  • Mon, July 25: Deadline to register or update current registration by online, mail or other remote means.
  • Tues, August 2: Deadline to register/change address in person at the Thurston County Elections Office.
Where to register, obtain a ballot and ask for more information:
  • Online: ThurstonWAVotes.gov or VoteWa.gov
  • Phone: 360.786.5408
  • Email: Elections@co.thurston.wa.us
  • In Person:

Thurston County Elections Office, 2400 Evergreen Park Dr SW, Olympia, WA 98502

July 13th to August 1st
Monday – Friday, 8am – 4:30pm
Election Day, August 2nd
8am – 8pm

Lacey Timberland Library, 500 College St SE, Lacey WA 98503

July 25th to August 1st
Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm
Election Day, August 2nd
8am – 8pm


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 Elections Office, 2400 Evergreen Park Dr SW, Olympia, beginning July 13, M - F, 8 am - 4:30 pm and on Election Day, August 2, 8 am - 8 pm or Lacey Timberland Library, 500 College St SE, Lacey, beginning July 25, M – F, 10 am – 4 pm and on Election Day 8 am – 8 pm, or call to arrange an appointment.

Post-Election Random Audit: This test is open to the public and ensures the tabulation system is counting ballots accurately, held Thurs, August 4 at 9:00 am at the Ballot Processing Center. Masks are required.

Post-Elections Risk Limiting Audit: This test is open to the public and demonstrates the accuracy of the election results, held Tue, August 9 at 9:00 am at the Ballot Processing Center. Masks are required.

Meetings to canvass ballots and finalize the election are open to the public. Meetings are held, Thurs, August 11 at 3:30 pm, Mon, August 15 at 3:30 pm, and Tue, August 16 at 1:00 pm at the Ballot Processing Center. Masks are required. Contact our office for more information.

Ballot Processing Center: 2905 29th Ave SW Ste F, Tumwater, WA 98512. Masks are required.

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 19th of July 2022
Thurston County Auditor's Office




Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, July 13, 2022
Contact:
​Diana Benson, Thurston County Chief Deputy  Auditor
elections@co.thurston.wa.us
360.786.5408
711 Washington Relay

Ballots Available and Ballot Drop Boxes Open for the August 2 Primary Election


OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor’s Elections Division mailed more than 195,000 ballots to voters in the county for the August 2 Primary Election.

Any registered voter who thinks they should have received a ballot, but hasn’t by Wednesday, July 20 should contact the Auditor’s Office at 360.786.5408 or elections@co.thurston.wa.us. Ballots for military and overseas voters registered in Thurston County were mailed on Friday, June 17.

The Auditor’s Office opened 29 secure ballot drop boxes throughout the county. A list of ballot drop box locations and addresses is included in the mailed ballot materials and online at ThurstonWAVotes.gov.

Ballots must be postmarked by August 2. 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 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2 (Election Day).

Thurston County residents can register to vote, get a replacement ballot and vote using an accessibility voting device at the Elections Office Voting Center or the Voting Center at Lacey Library.

Thurston County Elections Office Voting Center
2400 Evergreen Park Dr. SW, Olympia, WA 98502
July 13 – August 1, M – F, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
August 2, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Voting Center at Lacey Library
500 College St SE, Lacey, WA 98503
July 25 – August 1, M – F, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
August 2, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Contact:

​Diana Benson, Thurston County Chief Deputy Auditor  
elections@co.thurston.wa.us  
360.786.5408 
711 Washington Relay 


Thurston County Elections Offering Observer Training ahead of August Primary Election
 
OLYMPIA – Thurston County Auditor's Elections Division is offering observer training for the August 2, 2022 Primary Election. The training will be held over Zoom on July 14, 2022 at 5:30 p.m.  
 
Ballot processing is monitored on site by trained observers appointed by the Republican and Democratic parties and independent observers. We are committed to ensuring ballot processing is open and transparent. Observers can ask questions of full-time elections staff as long as it doesn't inhibit ballot processing. 
 
To register, use this link: 
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86811281657?pwd=U3o3QXY1ZE91enBzeGM5MjJudHRFZz09 
 
Interested parties can also contact Thurston County Elections at elections@co.thurston.wa.us or 360.786.5408. 
 
Observer training covers election procedure and observer policy. Training is mandatory for observers appointed by their political party. However, the training is also open to the public.  
  
Citizens with disabilities requiring special accommodation should contact Tillie Naputi-Pullar, 360.786.5408 or Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing: 711 Washington Relay.  
 
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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, July 7, 2022
Contact:
​Diana Benson, Thurston County Chief Deputy  Auditor
elections@co.thurston.wa.us
360.786.5408

711 Washington Relay


August 2 Primary Election Voters' Pamphlets Mailed
Voters can learn about candidates and local ballot measures in the Primary local voters' pamphlet


OLYMPIA – On July 7, The Thurston County Auditor's Office mailed local voters' pamphlets for the August 2, 2022 Primary Election to all households in Thurston County.

If you do not receive a local voters' pamphlet in the mail and would like one, contact our office. An online version is available on VoteWA.gov and ThurstonWAVotes.gov.

Ballots will be mailed on July 13.

For more information, visit: www.ThurstonWAVotes.gov

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 17, 2022
Contact:

​Diana Benson, Thurston County Chief Deputy Auditor 
elections@co.thurston.wa.us 
360.786.5408 
711 Washington Relay 


Ballots Mailed to Military and Overseas Voters for the August 2 Primary Election

 
OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Elections Division mailed over 9,000 Primary Election ballots to military and overseas voters registered in Thurston County. Ballot envelopes must be signed and dated by Election Day or received via email or fax by 8 p.m. Pacific Time on Election Night, August 2, 2022. 
 
For voters not in the military or living overseas, ballots will be mailed July 13th.
 
Races and measures on the ballot include U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, Secretary of State, state legislators, county offices and three ballot proposals from local fire districts. 
 
Military and overseas voters who have not received a ballot by Monday, July 11 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: Monday, June 13, 2022
Contact:
​Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor  
TCAuditor@co.thurson.wa.us  
360.786.5224    
711 Washington Relay  


Thurston County Election Manager Recognized as State Election Employee of the Year For Second Time


SPOKANE – Tillie Naputi-Pullar, Thurston County Elections Manager, was awarded the 2021 "Elections Employee of the Year" by the Washington State Office of Secretary of State. Naputi-Pullar previously received the award in 2014. 
 
"Tillie's commitment to Thurston County and the people she is privileged to serve every day is absolutely incredible," said Stuart Homes, acting director of elections at the Office of the Secretary of State. "In addition to conducting elections, Tillie supports her fellow county colleagues and participates in workgroups to strengthen the security and functionality of our statewide voter registration system known as VoteWA — ultimately to enhance the integrity of our elections for all Washingtonians." 
 
Naputi-Pullar is co-chair of the VoteWA Advisory Board. The board is a liaison between end users and the VoteWA Executive Steering Committee. They recommend functionality and usability enhancements of VoteWA, the statewide voter registration database. Most importantly, the Advisory Board helps guides the technical evolution of VoteWA.  
 
"Tillie is the model of an Elections Administrator in Washington State," said Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor. "Her example of professionalism, attention to detail and acting as support to many county election administrators contributes a lot to keeping our elections free, fair, safe and secure." 
 
The Thurston County Auditor's Election division also recently received two awards for their expanded election observer program. The effort to increase election transparency received a National Association of Counties (NACO) Achievement Awards and an honorable mention in Outstanding Innovations in Elections from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.   
 
The expanded election observer program was established after a dramatic increase in inquiries regarding ballot processing during the 2020 presidential election. The election division saw the largest and most consistent number of observers, despite capacity limitations due to the pandemic.  
 
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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Contact:

​Diana Benson, Thurston County Chief Deputy Auditor  
elections@co.thurston.wa.us  
360.786.5408 
711 Washington Relay 


Candidate Order to Be Determined by Random Lot Draw

 
 
OLYMPIA – The order of candidates on the primary ballot in Thurston County will be determined by random lot draw as required by RCW 29A.36.131. The random lot draw will be held shortly after 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 20.  
 
The drawing will be held at the Elections Office and will stream live via Facebook Live. Visit facebook.com/TCAuditor 
 
The Thurston County Elections Office is located at: 

2400 Evergreen Park Dr SW
Olympia, WA 98502 
(map) 

 Candidates or other interested parties are welcome to attend. 
 

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, May 13, 2022
Contact:

​Diana Benson, Thurston County Chief Deputy Auditor 
elections@co.thurston.wa.us 
360.786.5408 
711 Washington Relay  


Auditor's Office Seeks Citizens to Serve on "Against" Committees for Ballot Measures in the August Primary Election
 
 
OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Office seeks "For" and "Against" committee members for the August Primary Election. 
 
"Against" committee members are needed for: 

  • Thurston County Fire Protection District No. 9 (McLane Black Lake) Proposition No. 1  
    Levy Lid Lift 
  • West Thurston Regional Fire Authority (Rochester) Proposition No. 1 Property Tax Levy  
    For Maintenance and Operation Expenses
  • West Thurston Regional Fire Authority (Littlerock) Proposition No. 1 Property Tax Levy
    For Maintenance and Operation Expenses 

Committee members provide written arguments for 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 12 p.m. on Friday, May 20 via email to pamphlet@co.thurston.wa.us or by calling us at 360.786.5408 to arrange dropping off forms. To learn what you must submit as a committee member, see page 8 of the Administrative Rules for Jurisdictions found under Candidates and Jurisdictions on our website at ThurstonWAVotes.gov. 

 
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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, May 12, 2022
Contact:

​Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor 
TCAuditor@co.thurson.wa.us 
360.786.5224   
711 Washington Relay 


Auditor's Office Wins Several National Recognitions

 

OLYMPIA – Expanding the election observer program and a program to strike racially restrictive covenants have received national recognition for the Thurston County Auditor's Office. 
 
The National Association of Counties (NACO) Achievement Awards were announced May 9th. The Auditor's Office received awards for expanding their election observer program and their outreach program to stop racially restrictive covenants from being passed on through future purchases of property. The Election Observer program also received an honorable mention in Outstanding Innovations in Elections from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.  
 
The NACO awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents. "This year's Achievement Award-winning programs showcase how counties work every day to build healthy, safe, and thriving communities," said Larry Johnson, NACO President. 
 
The expanded election observer program was established after a dramatic increase in inquiries regarding ballot processing during the 2020 presidential election. The election division saw the largest and most consistent number of observers, despite capacity limitations due to the pandemic. 
 
Through the racially restrictive covenant outreach program, the Auditor's Office made direct outreach to hundreds of landowners. Though made illegal decades ago, racially restrictive covenants on titles continued to be passed from buyer to buyer. The county created community partnerships, developed outreach materials, and directly contacted landowners to facilitate the elimination of these covenants by completing and returning racially restrictive covenant modification forms. 
 
The Auditor's Financial Services division also recently received their 15th straight Annual Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association.  
 
"We continue to strive every year to improve how we do our work," said Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor. "These awards recognize only our most significant efforts. Auditor staff work every day to serve the people of Thurston County through free, fair, secure and transparent elections, honest and open Financial Services, and excellent customer service in Licensing, Recording and Passports." 
 
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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, May 6, 2022
Contact:
​Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor
elections@co.thurston.wa.us
360.786.5408  
711 Washington Relay

Canvassing Board Certifies Special Election
OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Canvassing Board has certified the April 26, 2022, City of Olympia Special Election. Final election results can be found at ThurstonVotes.org.

 
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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, May 6, 2022
Contact:

Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor
TCAuditor@co.thurson.wa.us

360.786.5224  
711 Washington Relay



Auditor Hall Joins Election Center Board



OLYMPIA – Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall was recruited to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Election Officials (also known as the Election Center). The Election Center is the premier election profession's organization for election official's education and national certification.  
 
"Auditor Hall has been a leader in the elections field and brings a level of on-the-ground experience that will be valuable to guide the future of our organization," said Tim Mattice, Executive Director of The Election Center. "Mary has been on the forefront of elections the last few years as election offices have pivoted through turbulent times. Mary is often called on to present at national conferences". 
 
Last year, Hall was named the Auditor of the Year by then Secretary of State Kim Wyman. Hall led her team to quickly open a drive-thru Voting Center on the campus of South Puget Sound Community College during the 2020 Primary and General Election. Hall also recently received the Washington Association of County Auditor's President's Award for Outstanding Service, and Heavy Hitter Award for her legislative efforts. 
 
Hall's legislative record includes leading the effort to secure state funding for elections and expand access to the ballot. For years, while local jurisdictions paid their elections cost, the state did not pick up their share. Hall was instrumental in passing Same Day Voter Registration, expanding Automatic Voter Registration, Pre-registration, and Universal Registration. These tools made voting in Washington State the most accessible and secure in the country. 
 

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, May 2, 2022
Contact:
Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor  
elections@co.thurston.wa.us  
360.786.5408 
711 Washington Relay 



Thurston County Candidate Filing Week Begins May 16
People considering running for office must file by May 20 

OLYMPIA – If you plan on running for office in 2022, Candidate Filing week is May 16 – 20. Potential candidates are encouraged to file online.  
 
Candidates can file for office using one of these options:  
 
  • File online at ThurstonVotes.org (credit cards accepted) from May 16 at 9 a.m. to May 20 at 4 p.m. 
  • Drive-Thru & In-person services available 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at: 
    2400 Evergreen Park Dr SW (Former Twinstar Location)
    Olympia, WA 98502 
  • Mail your candidate filing to our office: 
    Thurston County Elections
    2000 Lakeridge Dr SW
    Olympia, WA 98502  
All candidate filings and filing fees must be received by 4:30 p.m. Friday May 20.  
  
Filing fees vary for each elected position. You can find filing fees for each position at ThurstonVotes.org.  There is no filing fee for Precinct Committee Officer. Please consult the Candidate Guide and other materials on our website for more information.   
  
The order of candidates on the ballot will be determined by random lot draw shortly after 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 20. The drawing will be held at the Elections Office and will be streaming live via Facebook Live. Visit facebook.com/TCAuditor 
  
For additional information, contact the Elections Division at 360.786.5408 or visit the Thurston County Auditor’s Become a Candidate page at ThurstonVotes.org. 
 
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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Contact:

​Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor 
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us 
360.786.5224 
711 Washington Relay 


Auditor's Office Receives Award for Financial Reporting
 
OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Financial Services Team received their 15th straight Annual Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The Government Financial Officers Association honored Thurston County for going above and beyond in financial reporting. 
 
"Our culture of financial compliance, controls and reporting is rooted deeply here at Thurston County," said Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor. The county auditor oversees the financial services division and acts as Chief Financial Officer for the county. 
 
This award follows the county's sixth straight clean annual audit from the State Auditor's Office last year. 
 
Thurston County is one of only a few counties in Washington that goes beyond the state auditor's minimum requirements by producing an Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR). The Certificate of Achievement recognizes the ACFR for the 2020 fiscal year, the most recent report available.  
 
"Even as we rode the choppy financial waters of the pandemic, the county's financial team did not lose focus. We kept our eyes on the importance of financial reporting," Hall said. "I could not be prouder of our work." 
 
Each ACFR covers a fiscal year (January 1 through December 31). Financial staff are currently assembling the ACFR covering the 2021 fiscal year. ACFRs from previous years are 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: Thursday, April 14, 2022
Contact:

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


Voter Registration Deadlines for the April 26 Special Election
Citizens encouraged to register to vote or update their voter registration


OLYMPIA – Below are the voter registration deadlines for the April 26, 2022 Special Election in the City of Olympia: 
 
Through Monday, April 18, 2022: 
  • Last day for remote registrations and updates to existing registrations online at VoteWA.gov, by mail, or at voter registration drives, etc. Must be received by an election official by close of business.  

On and After Tuesday, April 19, 2022: 
  • You may register or update your registration in-person until 8 p.m. on Election Day April 26, 2022, using the Thurston County Drive-thru Voter Services or Walk-in Voting Center at the Elections office at 2400 Evergreen Park Dr SW, Olympia, WA 98502 or at any Auditor's office or Voting Center in the state.  

For more information or to see a map to our new location, visit ThurstonVotes.org

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, April 8, 2022
Contact:

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


Ballots Available and Ballot Drop Boxes Open for the April 26 Special Election

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Elections Division mailed more than 30,000 ballots to voters in the City of Olympia for the April 26 Special Election.  
 
Any registered voter who thinks they should have received a ballot, but hasn't by Wednesday, April 13 should contact the Auditor's Office at 360.786.5408 or elections@co.thurston.wa.us. Ballots for military and overseas voters registered in Thurston County were mailed on Friday, March 25. The Auditor's Office opened 9 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 April 26. 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 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26 (Election Day). 
 
Thurston County residents can register to vote, get a replacement ballot and vote using an accessibility voting device at the Voting Center located at 2400 Evergreen Park Dr. SW, Olympia, WA 98502. In-person and drive-thru voter services are available at this location.   
 
Thurston County Election Office Voting Center 
2400 Evergreen Park Dr. SW, Olympia, WA 98502  
April 8 – April 25, M – F, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  
April 26, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.  
 
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Notice of the April 26, 2022 Special Election

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

Participating Jurisdictions:

City of Olympia

Registration Deadlines:

  • Mon, April 18: Deadline to register or update current registration by online, mail or other remote means.
  • Tues, April 26: Deadline to register/change address in person at the Thurston County Elections Office.
Where to register, obtain a ballot and ask for more information:
  • Online: ThurstonVotes.org or VoteWa.gov
  • Phone: 360.786.5408
  • Email: Elections@co.thurston.wa.us
In Person: Thurston County Elections Office, 2400 Evergreen Park Dr SW, 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 Elections Office (drive-through services available), beginning April 8, M - F, 8 am - 4:30 pm and on Election Day, April 26, 8 am - 8 pm, or call to arrange an appointment.

Logic and Accuracy Test: This test is open to the public and demonstrates the accuracy of tabulation equipment. This test will take place Wed, April 13 at 10:00 am at the Ballot Processing Center. Masks are required.

Post-Election Random Audit: Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 9:00 am at the Ballot Processing Center. This test is open to the public and ensures the tabulation system is counting ballots accurately. Masks are required.

Post-Elections Risk Limiting Audit: This is a pilot test for the Risk Limiting Audit. This test is open to the public and demonstrates the accuracy of the election results. This test will take place Tue, May 3 at 9:00 am at the Ballot Processing Center. Masks are required.

Meetings to canvass ballots and finalize the election are open to the public. Meetings are held at the Thurston County Ballot Processing Center, Thurs, May 5 at 4:00 pm and on Fri, May 6 at 1:30 pm. Marks are required. Contact our office for more information.

Ballot Processing Center: 2905 29th Ave SW Ste F, Tumwater, WA 98512. Masks are required.

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 of April 2022
Thurston County Auditor's Office


Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, April 4, 2022
Contact:

Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor  
elections@co.thurston.wa.us  
360.786.5408 
711 Washington Relay 


Thurston County Elections Offering Observer Training ahead of April Special Election
 
OLYMPIA – Thurston County Auditor's Elections Division is offering observer training for the April 26, 2022 Special Election. The training will be held over Zoom on April 7, 2022 at 5:30 p.m.  
 
Ballot processing is monitored on site by trained observers appointed by the Republican and Democratic parties and independent observers. We are committed to ensuring ballot processing is open and transparent. Observer training covers election procedure and observer policy. Training is mandatory for observers appointed by their political party. However, the training is also open to the public. 
 
To register for Zoom, use this link: https://zoom.us/j/97031409519?pwd=MnJsUys0ZDZkNWg2OFlaUU4ycEI3Zz09 
 
Interested parties can contact Thurston County Elections at elections@co.thurston.wa.us or 360.786.5408.  
 
Citizens with disabilities requiring special accommodation should contact Tillie Naputi-Pullar, 360.786.5408 or Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing: 711 Washington Relay.  

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, March 25, 2022
Contact:

​Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor
elections@co.thurston.wa.us 
360.786.5408 
711 Washington Relay 


Ballots Mailed to Military and Overseas Voters for the April 26 Special Election



OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Elections Division mailed over 1,000 Special Election ballots to military and overseas voters registered in Thurston County. Ballot envelopes must be signed and dated by Election Day or received via email or fax by 8 p.m. Pacific Time on Election Night, April 26, 2022. 

For voters not in the military or overseas, ballots will be mailed April 8th.  

Only one measure will appear on the ballot: City of Olympia Proposition No. 1 Sales and Use Tax.  

Military and overseas voters who have not received a ballot by Monday, April 4 and live in the city limits of Olympia should contact the Elections Division at 360.786.5408 or elections@co.thurston.wa.us for a replacement ballot.  

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Special Meeting Notice of the Thurston County Canvassing Board
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When: March 7, 2022 @ 2:30 pm
Location: Microsoft Teams meeting
Agenda: Canvass Board Training by the Office of the Secretary of State

The Thurston County canvassing board is training at:

Where:         Microsoft Teams meeting
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                        Link is also available at ThurstonVotes.org

When:           March 7, 2022 at 2:30 pm 

They will be attending a Canvassing Board training hosted by the Office of the Secretary of State.

Dated this 6th day of March 2022
Mary Hall
Thurston County Auditor


Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, February 25, 2022
Contact:
Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor 
 360.786.5408 
711 Washington Relay  



Auditor’s Office Seeks Citizens to Serve on “Against” Committee for a Ballot Measure in the April 26 Special Election

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor’s Office seeks Against” committee members for the April 26 Special Election. 
 
Against committee members are needed for: 
  •  City of Olympia Proposition No. 1 Sales and Use Tax 
Committee members provide written arguments against a ballot measure that will appear in the Local Voters’ Pamphlet.  
 
Committee member names must be submitted to the Auditor’s Office by 12 p.m. on Friday, March 4 via email to pamphlet@co.thurston.wa.us or by calling us at 360.786.5408 to arrange dropping off forms. To learn what you must submit as a committee member, see page 8 of the Administrative Rules for Jurisdictions found under Candidates and Jurisdictions on our website at ThurstonVotes.org 
 
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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, February 18, 2022
Contact:
​Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor
Thurston County Auditor 
elections@co.thurston.wa.us
360.786.5408
711 Washington Relay   


Canvassing Board Certifies Special Election

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Canvassing Board has certified the February 8, 2022 Special Election. Final election results can be found at ThurstonVotes.org.

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Contact:
Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor  
elections@co.thurston.wa.us  
360.786.5408 
711 Washington Relay  



Auditor's Office Will Conduct Random Audit of the February 8 Special Election
 
OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Office will conduct a random audit of the February 8 Special Election. This test demonstrates the accuracy of the tabulation equipment.  
 
"Transparency in elections is critical to our democracy," said Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor. "The random audit is a required post-election process and how we ensure our elections are free, fair, safe, and secure."  
 
Observers appointed by the county Democratic and Republican parties will be on hand during the audit. Observers will be able to ask questions and learn more about the election process. Call 360.786.5408 or email elections@co.thurston.wa.us if you would like to become an observer. A livestream of the Ballot Processing Center is also available here:
 https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/auditor/Pages/elections-live-feed.aspx 

Random Audit 

9 a.m., Thursday, February 10, 2022  
Ballot Processing Center 
2905 29th Avenue SW, Suite E  
Tumwater, WA 98512 
 
For the health and safety of election workers, all visitors must wear masks at the Ballot Processing Center. Citizens with disabilities requiring special accommodation should contact Tillie Naputi-Pullar, 360.786.5408 or Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing:  711 Washington Relay. 
 
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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, February 4, 2022
Contact:
Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor 
 360.786.5224 
711 Washington Relay  



How We Keep Our Voter Registration Database Up To Date

 
 
OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor’s Office updated over 27,000 voter records in 2021 for nearly 200,000 registered voters. “Making sure the voter rolls are up-to-date is a top priority for our voter registration staff throughout the year,” said Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor. “We work with our partners at the state and federal level every day to ensure our voter rolls are accurate.”  
  
 Examples of these updates include:  
  
  • 491 voter registrations canceled by voter request
  • 632 voter registrations canceled because the voter died  
  • 14,361 voter registration moved to inactive status because mail was returned as undeliverable. (Inactive voters do not receive a ballot unless they contact us and update their address.)  
  • 95 voter registrations kept in pending status because of incomplete registration forms and the voter did not respond to the request for additional information.  
  
The Auditor’s Office works with trusted sources including the Office of the Secretary of State, the Social Security Administration, the United State Postal Service National Change of Address Program, the Department of Licensing, the Department of Health, the Department of Corrections, and the Office of the Administrator of the Courts to maintain the accuracy of voter registration data.  
  
The Auditor’s Office also removes registrations of deceased persons using published obituaries or written notices from relatives.  
  
Additionally, Washington State is a member of ERIC (Electronic Registration Information Center). ERIC uses sophisticated data matching software that compares voter registration and motor vehicle licensing data across 30 other states. ERIC reports help us ensure voters aren’t registered in multiple states.  
  
“Our most important partner in this effort are voters,” Hall said. If voters receive a ballot for a deceased voter, a voter who has moved, or anyone who does not live at that address, they should contact the Auditor’s Office. Voters can also return the ballot through the USPS by writing “Deceased” or “Not at this address” and deposit it in the mail. “The postal service returns those ballots to us, and we cancel or inactivate the voter according to state and federal law,” Hall said. 
 
The Thurston County Auditor’s Office is aware of disinformation in a summary report that claims Thurston County’s voter rolls updates to voter registration data are not being made in a timely manner. The report took a non-random sample totaling 1.91 percent of Thurston County’s voter rolls. The summary report does not provide more than a handful of highly selective examples. 
 
“We reached out to the group that produced this report to ask for their data, and they produced a sample of 30 records.” Hall said. “We can’t properly evaluate their claims without all the actual data.”  
 
After checking the sample of thirty voter records provided by the group: 

  • Most are military or overseas civilian voters who are allowed by federal law to register at their last domestic address. 
  • The rest of the sample were either inactive, canceled or a valid registration.  
  • There were zero discrepancies. 
 
“What we do know about this group is they spent weeks going door to door canvassing voters without a public announcement, which led to dozens of voters calling our offices,” Hall said. “Many voters clearly thought that it was Auditor’s staff canvassing.” The Thurston County Auditor’s Office released a statement in November on the canvassing efforts by the research project group that wrote the report. 
 
Thurston County elections staff spend hundreds of hours each year updating voter rolls. “We use every resource we can legally access to make sure we are sending ballots to the right people and places,” Hall said.  
 
In addition to updating the voter rolls daily, every ballot signature is verified by a trained election professional. The ballot signature is compared to the signature in our voter registration database. “Even if a ballot goes to the wrong address, the fact that ballots can’t be counted without a matching signature ensures only the actual voter can vote that ballot,” Hall said. 
 
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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, February 4, 2022
Contact:
Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor
360.786.5408    
711 Washington Relay 



Ballots and Drive-Through Voter Assistance Available for February 8 Special Election  
19.87% of Thurston County ballots have been returned in the Feb 8, 2022 Special Election    




OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor’s Office reminds voters the deadline to return ballots for the Special Election is Tuesday, February 8. Districts included in the special election are Griffin, Olympia, Tenino, and Tumwater School districts. If you have not received a ballot or misplaced your ballot, you can request a replacement. 
 
  • Email elections@co.thurston.wa.us
  • Call the Auditor’s Elections Division at 360.786.5408  
  • Download a ballot at VoteWA.gov 
  • Visit the Voting Center at 2400 Evergreen Park Dr. SW, Olympia, WA 98502  
 
Return envelopes must be postmarked by Tuesday, February 8, or deposited into one of 19 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. Voters may register to vote, update their current registration, obtain a ballot, or use a voting assistance device at the Voting Center. 
 
  • Monday, February 7, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
  • Election Day, Tuesday, February 8, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.  
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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, January 27, 2022
Contact:
Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor 
360.786.5408 
711 Washington Relay 
      




Voter Registration Deadlines for the February 8 Special Election
Citizens encouraged to register to vote or update their voter registration.

​ 
OLYMPIA – Below are the voter registration deadlines for Griffin, Olympia, Tenino, and Tumwater school districts for the February 82022 Special Election: 
 
Through Monday, January 31, 2022: 
 
Last day for remote registrations and updates to existing registrations online at VoteWA.gov, by mail, or at voter registration drives, etc. Must be received by an election official by 4:30 pm. 
 
On and After TuesdayFebruary 1, 2022: 

You may register in-person until 8 p.m. on February 82022 Special Election Day using the Thurston County Drive-thru Voter Services or Walk-iVoting Center at the Elections office at 2400 Evergreen Park Dr SW, Olympia, WA 98502 or at any County Auditor’s office or walk-in voting center.  
 
For more information or to see a map to our new locationvisit ThurstonVotes.org. 
 
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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, January 21, 2022
Contact:

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


Ballots Available and Ballot Drop Boxes Open for the February 8, 2022 Special Election

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Elections Division mailed more than 90,000 ballots to voters in Thurston County for the February 8 Special Election.  
 
Any registered voter in Griffin, Olympia, Tenino, or Tumwater School Districts who thinks they should have received a ballot, but hasn't by Wednesday, January 26 should contact the Auditor's Office at 360.786.5408 or elections@co.thurston.wa.us. Ballots for military and overseas voters registered in Thurston County were mailed on Friday, January 7. The Auditor's Office opened 19 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 February 8. 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 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 8 (Election Day). 
 
Thurston County residents can register to vote, get a replacement ballot and vote using an accessibility voting device at the Voting Center located at 2400 Evergreen Park Dr. SW, Olympia, WA 98502.  Drive-thru voter services are available at this location.   
 
Thurston County Election Office Voting Center (accessible voting device available) 
2400 Evergreen Park Dr. SW, Olympia, WA 98502 (drive-through service available) 
January 21 – February 7, M – F, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  
February 8, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.  

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Notice of the February 8, 2022 Special Election
A ballot will be mailed to all Thurston County voters residing in the participating jurisdictions:

Participating Jurisdictions:
  • Griffin School District No. 324; 
  • Olympia School District No. 111; 
  • Tenino School District No. 402
  • ;Tumwater School District No. 33.

Registration Deadlines:·       
  • Mon, Jan 31: Deadline to register or update current registration by online, mail or other remote means.
  • Tues, Feb 8: Deadline to register/change address in person at the Thurston County Elections Office.

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

  • Online: ThurstonVotes.org or VoteWa.gov
  • Phone: 360.786.5408
  • Email: Elections@co.thurston.wa.us
  • In Person: Thurston County Elections Office, 2400 Evergreen Park Dr SW, 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 Elections Office (drive-through services available), beginning Jan. 21, M - F, 8 am - 4:30 pm and on Election Day, Feb. 8, 8 am - 8 pm, or call to arrange an appointment.

Logic and Accuracy Test: This test is open to the public and demonstrates the accuracy of tabulation equipment. This test will take place Mon, Jan 24 at 2:30 pm at the Ballot Processing Center.

Post-Election Random Audit: Thursday, February 10, 2022 at 9:00 am at the Ballot Processing Center. This test is open to the public and ensures the tabulation system is counting ballots accurately.

Post-Elections Risk Limiting Audit: This is a pilot test for the Risk Limiting Audit. This test is open to the public and demonstrates the accuracy of the election results. This test will take place Fri, Feb 11 at 9:00 am at the Ballot Processing Center.

Meetings to canvass ballots and finalize the election are open to the public. Meetings are held at the Thurston County Ballot Processing Center or via zoom on Thurs, Feb 17 at 3:30 pm and on Fri, Feb 18 at 1:00 pm. Contact our office for more information. 

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 21st day of January 2022
Thurston County Auditor’s Office


Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Contact:
​Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor  
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us  
360.786.5408 
711 Washington Relay

Auditor's Office Announces Logic & Accuracy Test ahead of the February 8 Special Election; Seeks Observers 


OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Office will conduct a Logic & Accuracy test ahead of the February 8, 2022 Special Election. This test demonstrates the accuracy of the tabulation equipment. The Auditor's Office is looking for volunteers to serve as observers for the Logic & Accuracy test.  

Logic & Accuracy Test
2:30 p.m., Monday, January 24, 2022 
Ballot Processing Center
2905 29th Avenue SW, Suite F 
Tumwater, WA 98512 
Anyone can be an observer. The Logic & Accuracy test is a great way to learn more about how we ensure our elections are free, fair, safe, and secure. Observers will be able to ask questions and learn more about the election process. Call 360.786.5408 or email elections@co.thurston.wa.us if you would like to become an observer.  

For the health and safety of election workers, all visitors must wear masks at the Ballot Processing Center. Citizens with disabilities requiring special accommodation should contact Tillie Naputi-Pullar, 360.786.5408 or Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing:  711 Washington Relay.

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, January 13, 2022
Contact:

​Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor  
elections@co.thurston.wa.us  
360.786.5408 
711 Washington Relay 


Thurston County Elections Offering Observer Training ahead of February Special Election  


OLYMPIA – Thurston County Auditor's Elections Division is offering observer training for the February 8, 2022 Special Election. The training will be held over Zoom on January 20, 2022 at 5:30 p.m.  
 
Ballot processing is monitored on site by trained observers appointed by the Republican and Democratic parties and independent observers. We are committed to ensuring ballot processing is open and transparent. Observers can ask questions of full-time elections staff as long as it doesn't inhibit ballot processing. 
 
To register, use this link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUpcuGgqzstE9KlQX8CXS7UcXl9VUmfxmH9 
 
Interested parties can also contact Thurston County Elections at elections@co.thurston.wa.us or 360.786.5408. 
 
Observer training covers election procedure and observer policy. Training is mandatory for observers appointed by their political party. However, the training is also open to the public.  
  
Citizens with disabilities requiring special accommodation should contact Tillie Naputi-Pullar, 360.786.5408 or Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing: 711 Washington Relay.  
 

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, January 7, 2022
Contact:
Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor 
elections@co.thurston.wa.us 
360.786.5408 
711 Washington Relay

Ballots Mailed to Military and Overseas Voters for the February 8, 2022 Special Election

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor’s Elections Division has mailed over 2,200 Special Election ballots to military and overseas voters registered in Thurston County.

Ballot envelopes must be signed and dated by Election Day or received via email or fax by 8 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Election Night, February 8, 2022. 

For voters not in the military or overseas, ballots will be mailed January 21.  

Measures on the ballot are replacement levies for the Griffin, Olympia, Tenino and Tumwater school districts. 

Military and overseas voters who have not received a ballot by Monday, January 17 should contact the Elections Division at 360.786.5408, elections@co.thurston.wa.us or log into VoteWA.gov for a replacement ballot.  

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Notice of Canvassing Board Meeting & Agenda

Monday, January 10, 2022

The Thurston County canvassing board is meeting at:

Where:            

Via Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/99643062919?pwd=SklJd05vSXF0YSszSGNJK3RtWjJiUT09

Meeting ID: 996 4306 2919
Passcode: 764894

Link is also available at ThurstonVotes.org

When:

8:30 am 

They will sign the Delegation of Authority for staff to process ballots for the year of 2022 and adopt updates to The Canvassing Board Manual.




Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Contact:

​Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor 
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.ua 
360.786.5408   
711 Washington Relay 


Auditor's Office to Host Swearing-In Ceremony for Elected Officials


OLYMPIA – Thurston County Elections will host a virtual swearing in ceremony for recently elected officials at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 29.  
 
Jody Suhrbier, Executive Director of the Thurston County Dispute Resolution Center, and Representative Marilyn Strickland will address attendees.  
 
The ceremony will be broadcast live on Thurston Community Media's YouTube channel
 
Officials being sworn in may use the zoom link to attend: 
The elected officials to be sworn in include: 

  • Port Commissioners 
  • City and Town Mayors and Council members 
  • School Board Directors 
  • Fire Commissioners 
  • Park and Recreation Commissioners
  • Cemetery Commissioners 

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, December 10, 2021
Contact:
​Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor 
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us 
360.786.5408 
711 Washington Relay

Auditor's Office Seeks Citizens to Serve on "Against" Committees for Ballot Measures in February Special Election
OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Office seeks "Against" committee members for the February Special Election. 
 
"Against" committee members are needed for:

  • Griffin School District No. 324, Proposition No. 1, Property Improvements, Capital Projects and Technology Replacement Levy
  • Olympia School District No. 111, Proposition No. 1, Technology and Capital Projects Replacement Levy
  • Tenino School District No. 402, Proposition No. 1, Replacement Capital Levy for Safety, Technology and School Improvements
  • Tumwater School District No. 33, Proposition No. 1, Replacement Capital Levy for Facility, Safety and Instructional Technology Improvements
 
Committee members provide written arguments "for" 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 12 p.m. on December 17, 2021 via email to pamphlet@co.thurston.wa.us or by dropping off forms at our drive-thru voter services location at Thurston County Elections, 2400 Evergreen Park Drive SW, Olympia, WA  98502. To learn what you must submit as a committee member call 360.786.5408 or see page 8 of the Administrative Rules for Jurisdictions found under Candidates and Jurisdictions on our website at ThurstonVotes.org.  

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​Notice of Filing Week for Drainage Districts and Black Lake Special District
Candidate filing week will be held December 13 - 17 for commissioner positions for:
  • Chambers Lake Drainage District – Pos. No. 1, 2, & 3
  • Hopkins Drainage District – Pos. No. 1 & 3
  • Scott Lake Drainage District – Pos. No. 2
  • Black Lake Special District – Pos. No. 1
Qualified candidates:  Must own property in the district and be a registered voter in Washington State. 

Filings by mail:  Accepted beginning December 3, 2021. Mail to 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW, Olympia, WA  98502

In person filings:  Accepted December 13 - 17, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Thurston County Elections Office, 2400 Evergreen Park Dr SW, Olympia WA 98502

360.786.5408. 

Dated this 29th day of November 2021
Mary Hall
Thurston County Auditor

 


Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Contact:
Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor 
elections@co.thurston.wa.us 
360.786.5408     
711 Washington Relay 



Canvassing Board Certifies General Election


OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Canvassing Board has certified the November 2, 2021 General Election.  

Final election results can be found at ThurstonVotes.org.  
 

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Contact:

​Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor   
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us   
360.786.5224  
711 Washington Relay


Statement on "Thurston County Voter Research Project" from the Thurston County Auditor's Office



OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Office is aware of door-to-door canvassing by the "Thurston County Voter Research Project." These canvasses are not associated with the Thurston County Auditor's Office.  
 
Additionally, the Thurston County Auditor's Office does not go door-to-door to gather voter information. We do not have any jurisdiction to authorize groups to do so. "I understand this kind of canvassing is concerning," said Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor. "Voters are under no obligation to provide information to someone who comes to their door asking about their voting information." 
 
"These are not Thurston County employees," Hall said. Canvassing for and with voter information is legal under state law. While some voting information (such as name, address, whether you voted in an election) is public record, what you confirm to someone at your door is up to you. Your response is completely voluntary.  
 
"It is perfectly within your right to refuse to answer any questions from someone you do not know and trust," Hall said. 
 
Anybody claiming to know which candidates or issues you voted for is not telling the truth. All ballots are completely secret because your ballot is separated from any identifying information before it is counted. Even election officials do not know how you voted, let alone third parties. No Thurston County Auditor employee will ever ask you who you voted for.  
 
Thurston County Elections is diligent in maintaining the voter rolls for our 200,000 registered voters. We look to multiple sources (including the Social Security Administration, the state Department of Licensing and the United States Postal Service) to keep that information as up to date as possible. 
 
A process to challenge voter registrations already exists. Any registered voter can challenge another's voter registration if they believe they do not reside at the address on their voter registration record. The Prosecuting Attorney's Office can also initiate challenges to a registration. 
 
If you want to update your voter registration record, you can do so online at VoteWA.gov or give us a call at 360.786.5408.  
 
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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Contact:

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


Auditor's Office Will Conduct Random Audit of the November 2 General Election

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Office will conduct a random audit of the November 2, 2021 General Election. This test demonstrates the accuracy of the tabulation equipment.  
 
"Transparency in elections is critical to our democracy," said Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor. "The random audit is a required post-election process and how we ensure our elections are free, fair, safe, and secure."  
 
Observers appointed by the county Democratic and Republican parties, along with independent observers, will be on hand during the audit. Observers will be able to ask questions and learn more about the election process. Call 360.786.5408 or email elections@co.thurston.wa.us if you would like to become an observer. A livestream of the Ballot Processing Center is also available here:
https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/auditor/Pages/elections-live-feed.aspx 
 
Random Audit 
9 a.m., Thursday, November 4, 2021  
Ballot Processing Center 
2905 29th Avenue SW, Suite E  
Tumwater, WA 98512 
 
For the health and safety of election workers, all visitors must wear masks at the Ballot Processing Center. Citizens with disabilities requiring special accommodation should contact Tillie Naputi-Pullar, 360.786.5408 or Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing:  711 Washington Relay. 
 
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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, October 18, 2021
Contact:
​Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor 
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us 
360.786.5408 
711 Washington Relay

Voter Registration Deadlines for the November 2 General Election
Citizens encouraged to register to vote or update their voter registration.

OLYMPIA – Below are the voter registration deadlines for the November 2, 2021 General Election: 
 
Monday, October 25, 2021: 
  • Last day for remote registrations and updates to existing registrations online at VoteWA.gov, by mail, or at voter registration drives, etc. Must be received by an election official. 
 
Tuesday, October 26, 2021: 
  • You may register in-person until 8 p.m. on November 2, 2021 General Election Day using the Thurston County Drive-thru Voter Services or Walk-in Voting Center at the Elections office at 2400 Evergreen Park Dr SW, Olympia, WA 98502. You may also register at the Lacey Timberland Library Voting Center or the Evergreen State College Hub. Specific dates and times available on our site and in your local voters' pamphlet.  
 
For more information or to see a map to our new location, visit ThurstonVotes.org
 
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Notice of November 2, 2021 General Election
Notice of Post-Election Random Audit
Thursday, November 4, 2021    

Where:         
Ballot Processing Center
2905 29th Avenue SW, Suite F
Tumwater, WA 98512

When:
9:00 a.m.

This test ensures voting equipment is accurately tabulating results.

 
Notice of Canvassing Board Meetings & Agendas

Meeting 1, Wednesday, November 10, 2021                                                                                                                

Where:         
Ballot Processing Center
2905 29th Avenue SW, Suite F
Tumwater, WA 98512

When:          
3:00 p.m.

Join Via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/96036181494?pwd=Vmh6c1FSSUt6NnpQQ2FhTlJUb1VEUT09

They will canvass ballots for the November 2, 2021 General Election.

 
Meeting 2, Wednesday, November 17, 2021                                                                                                                

Where:         
Ballot Processing Center
2905 29th Avenue SW, Suite F
Tumwater, WA 98512

When:          
1:00 p.m.

Join Via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/96886222134?pwd=a1NTS0t5TGpSeE14T0h3SG1UNnc2UT09

They will canvass ballots for the November 2, 2021 General Election.

Meeting 3, Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Where:         
Ballot Processing Center
2905 29th Avenue SW, Suite F
Tumwater, WA 98512

When:          
3:00 p.m.

Join Via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/95151535196?pwd=a2VBRG5UbHkwaVdGUzJOWC8reGdVUT09

They will certify the November 3, 2021 General Election.


Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, October 7, 2021
Contact:
​Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor 
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us 
360.786.5408 
711 Washington Relay

Ballots Available and Ballot Drop Boxes Open for the November 2, 2021 General Election

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Elections Division mailed more than 187,000 ballots to voters in Thurston County for the November 2 General Election.  
 
Any registered voter who thinks they should have received a ballot, but hasn't by Wednesday, October 20 should contact the Auditor's Office at 360.786.5408 or elections@co.thurston.wa.us. Ballots for military and overseas voters registered in Thurston County were mailed on Friday, September 17. The Auditor's Office opened 29 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 2. 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 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2 (Election Day). 
 
Thurston County residents can register to vote, get a replacement ballot and vote using an accessibility voting device at the Voting Center located at 2400 Evergreen Park Dr. SW, Olympia, WA 98502.  Drive-thru voter services are available at this location.  There will also be voting assistance available at the Lacey Timberland Library and at The Evergreen State College. Times vary by location: 
 
Thurston County Election Office Voting Center (accessible voting device available) 
2400 Evergreen Park Dr. SW, Olympia, WA 98502 (drive-through service available) 
October 13 – November 1, M – F, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  
November 2, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.  
 
Lacey Timberland Library Voting Center (accessible voting device available) 
500 College St SE Lacey, WA 98503 
October 13 – November 1, M – Th, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., F 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
November 2, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
 
The Evergreen State College HUB 
November 1, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
November 2, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
 
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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, October 6, 2021
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 11 for Training 
OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Office will close to the public on Monday, October 11 for staff training. All divisions will be open with normal business hours on Tuesday, October 12 at 8 a.m.  
  
"Banks are closed that Monday, so it is 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.   
  
Licensing customers with immediate needs can 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. 

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, October 4, 2021
Contact:
Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor 
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us  
360.786.5408 
711 Washington Relay 

November 2 General Election Voters’ Pamphlets Mailed 
Voters can learn about candidates and local ballot measures in the general local voters’ pamphlet


OLYMPIA –  On October 1, the Office of the Secretary of State began to mail local voters’ pamphlets for the November 2, 2021 General Election to all households in Thurston County.  
 
If you do not receive a local voters’ pamphlet in the mail and would like one, contact our office. An online version is available on VoteWA.gov and ThurstonVotes.org.  
 
Ballots will be mailed on October 7.  
 
For more information, visit: www.thurstonvotes.org 
 
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