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

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Contact:

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


Thurston County Certifies November 2018 General Election

OLYMPIA, WA The Thurston County Canvassing Board has certified the November 6 General Election. Final election results can be found on ThurstonVotes.org. This certification was performed by the Canvassing Board, represented by the Vice-Chair of the County Commission, the Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, and the Chief Deputy Auditor.

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Notice of Canvassing Board Meetings & Agendas

​Thurston County General Election – November 6, 2018

Notice of Canvassing Board Meetings & Agendas


Meeting 1, Thursday, November 15, 2018

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

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

When:                  3:00 pm  

They will canvass ballots for the November 6, 2018 General Election.


Meeting 2, Monday, November 26, 2018

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

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

When:                  1:00 pm  

They will canvass ballots for the November 6, 2018 General Election.


Meeting 3, Tuesday, November 27, 2018

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 November 6, 2018 General Election.


Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, November 1, 2018
Contact:

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


Election Day Reminder
30.57% of Thurston County ballots have been returned in the General Election

OLYMPIA, WA – Voters have five days remaining to return their ballots for the November 6 General Election. Voters can return ballots one of two ways:

  • By ballot drop box: Ballots must be deposited by 8 p.m. on Election Night (November 6). A list of ballot drop box locations can be found in the voters' pamphlet and online at ThurstonVotes.org.
  • By mail: Ballots must have a postmark on or before November 6. Check your mailbox's pickup time to ensure an Election Day postmark. No postage is required.

The Thurston County Auditor's Office is a designated voting center and is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and on Election Day (November 6) from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Voters may get a ballot, read the voters' pamphlet, ask questions about this election, use the AutoMARK assisted voting device, and take a selfie with Billy the Ballot Box. The Auditor's Office is located in the Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Building 1, Room 118, in Olympia.

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Contact:

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


Information on Write-in Candidates in the General Election

OLYMPIA, WA – The Thurston County Auditor's Elections Division has received numerous calls in recent days regarding how and when we will count write-in votes for this General Election. State law governing write-in candidates changed recently after passage of SB6058 in the 2018 state legislative session.

Washington election officials tally write-in votes only if all of the following are true (RCW 29A.60.021):

1) The candidate files a write-in declaration;

2) The candidate pays the filing fee, if the declaration is filed less than 18 days before Election Day; and

3) The number of write-in votes exceeds the number of votes received by the candidate apparently elected. 

Currently, no write-in declarations have been filed with the Thurston County Auditor's Elections Division.

For more information, the Office of the Secretary of State has an information sheet that addresses the issue in more detail.

Any voters with questions on this or any other election-related topic, should contact Thurston County Elections at 360.786.5408 or elections@co.thurston.wa.us.

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Contact:

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


Ballots Mailed and Drop Boxes to Be Opened for the November 6 General Election

OLYMPIA, WA – On Wednesday, October 17, the Thurston County Auditor’s Office mailed ballots to registered voters in Thurston County for the November 6 General Election.

 If a voter loses or damages their ballot, the Auditor’s Office can issue a replacement ballot. A voter who has not received a ballot by Thursday, October 25 should contact the Auditor’s Office at 360.786.5408, elections@co.thurston.wa.us, or visit the Auditor’s Office for a replacement ballot.

The Auditor’s Office mailed voters’ pamphlets with information on local races last week. Voters can also find the voters’ pamphlets online at ThurstonVotes.org.

 Throughout Thurston County, the Auditor’s Office operates 28 safe and secure ballot drop boxes, including a brand new box at the Nisqually Reservation. A list of locations and addresses is included in ballot materials and available online. Ballot drop boxes are open 24 hours a day and will close promptly at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6 (Election Day).

Mailed ballots must be postmarked by November 6. Voters who are mailing their ballots are advised to check their mailbox for its last pickup time to ensure an Election Day postmark. Ballots do not require postage. For more information, visit ThurstonVotes.org or call 360.786.5408.

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Contact:

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


Assisted Voting Available to Help Voters with Disabilities Cast Ballots in the General Election

Olympia, WA – Voters who would like assistance casting their ballots may use the AutoMARK™ assisted voting device, available at the Thurston County Auditor's Office during business hours:

  • Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 6 (Election Day), 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Elections officials will also take the AutoMARK™ assisted voting device into the community to increase access to voting in Thurston County.

Saturday, October 20
11 a.m.: Ramblin Jacks (520 4th Ave E, Olympia)

Thursday, October 25
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.: Panorama CNR (1600 Sleater Kinney Road SE, Lacey)
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Panorama Assisted Living (1800 Sleater Kinney Road SE, Lacey)

Friday, October 26
10 – 11 a.m.: Olympics West Senior Living Community (929 Trosper Road SW, Tumwater)

Voters must bring their ballot with them. No reservation is needed.

The AutoMARK™ is a voting assistance device that enables voters with visual impairments, cognitive/learning disabilities, illiteracy and/or limited mobility to vote secretly and independently. This device can read the ballot to the voter, magnify the print on the ballot, and mark the ballot for the voter.

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, October 11, 2018
Contact:

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


November General Election Voters’ Pamphlet Mailed

OLYMPIA, WA – The Thurston County Auditor's Office has mailed voters' pamphlets to voters in Thurston County for the November 6 General Election.

 Candidates on the November General Election ballot include:

  • U.S. Senator
  • U.S. Representative
  • State Representative
  • Court of Appeals Judge
  • Supreme Court Judge
  • District Court Judges
  • All Thurston County offices
  • Public Utility Commissioner, District 1

This voters' pamphlet also has information on ballot measures for the Intercity Transit Authority; cities of Lacey and Tumwater; Fire Districts 8, 9, and 12; as well as four statewide ballot measures and one statewide Advisory Vote. Ballots will be arriving October 18-20.

In addition to mailing voters' pamphlets, we also supply local libraries and post offices in Thurston County with extra copies.  Voters who have not received a pamphlet or ballot can go to ThurstonVotes.org, contact our office by phone at 360.786.5408 or email elections@co.thurston.wa.us.

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Contact:

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


Thurston County Elections to Unveil New Ballot Drop Box with Ribbon Cutting

OLYMPIA, WA – On Tuesday, October 16 at 10 a.m., a new ballot drop box at the Nisqually Tribal Administration Building (4820 She Nah Num Dr SE, Olympia) will become the 28th drop box in Thurston County.

The ballot drop box will be open for the November 6 General Election. It will close promptly at 8 p.m. on Election Day (Tuesday, November 6). For a list of ballot drop boxes, visit ThurstonVotes.org.

 Ballot drop boxes are open 24/7 during an election. They are convenient, secure, and save taxpayer dollars, since postage is not required. During the August Primary, 57% of voters returned ballots using a drop box.

 

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, October 8, 2018
Contact:

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


Auditor’s Office Invites Public to View Demonstrations of Ballot Counting Systems

OLYMPIA, WA – The Thurston County Auditor's Elections Division is researching the next generation of tabulation systems. The public is welcome to view the presentation and demonstrations of one of four ballot tabulation systems certified for use in Washington State.

Friday, October 12 – Hart Voting Systems
Presentation will begin at 1 p.m.

 This demonstration will be held at the Ballot Processing Center at 2905 29th Avenue SW, Suite E, Tumwater, WA 98512. Please contact Thurston County Elections at 360.786.5408 or elections@co.thurston.wa.us if you would like to attend or if you have further questions.

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, October 4, 2018
Contact:

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


Auditor’s Office to Begin Offering Passport Services on October 15
Passport services will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Office will begin offering passport services to customers on Monday, October 15. The Auditor's Office will become the only passport services agency in Thurston County open five days a week for full business hours with no appointments necessary.

The county announced last month the Auditor's Office's plans to begin offering passport services in October, upon completion of renovations to accommodate the increased volume of customers.

"We saw a need for new passport services providers in the county given the state's implementation of federal REAL ID requirements and the significant increase in passport applications over the last few years," said Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall. Over the last five years, the number of passports issued in Washington State has increased by 51%.

 Thurston County hasn't offered passport services since it suspended services in 2009 due to budget cuts.

 The demand for passports is expected to continue increasing as a result of federal REAL ID identification requirements. Standard driver's licenses and ID cards (non-enhanced) 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 Office expects to serve between 3,000 and 8,000 customers each year. For more information about passport services, please visit the Auditor's Office Passports webpage.

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Contact:

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


Auditor’s Licensing and Recording Services Closed, Election Services Open, on Monday, October 8

OLYMPIA, WA – The Thurston County Auditor Licensing and Recording services will close to the public on Monday, October 8 for staff training. Licensing and Recording services will re-open with normal business hours on Tuesday, October 9 at 8 a.m.

 The Auditor's Elections services will be open for regular business hours (8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) on Monday, October 8, since it is also a key voter registration deadline. Monday is the deadline to register or update voter registration information online or by mail.

 "Banks and title companies close for the holiday, making it our slowest day of the year for Licensing and Recording services, with the least impact on the public. We use this day for staff training," says Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor. "Given the holiday aligns with a key voter registration deadline, our Election services, including voter registration, will be open."

 For immediate vehicle and vessel licensing needs, customers can visit one of the eight local subagents located throughout Thurston County.  For a complete subagent listing and their hours of operation, visit our website.

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Contact:

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


Voter Registration Deadlines for the November 6 General Election
Citizens encouraged to register to vote or update their voter registration

OLYMPIA, WA – Below are the voter registration deadlines for the November 6 General Election:

 Monday, October 8, 2018:

  • Last day to register online or by mail
  • Last day to update residential and mailing addresses  
Monday, October 29, 2018:
  • Last day to register to vote if not currently registered in Washington State. This is done in person.
Where to Register or Update Voter Registration:

In Person / Mail:
Thurston County Courthouse
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Building 1 Room 118
Olympia, WA 98502
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Telephone:

360.786.5408

Online / Email:

elections@co.thurston.wa.us

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

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Notice of the November 6, 2018 General Election

Notice of the November 6, 2018 General Election

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

Registration Deadlines:
  •  Monday, October 8, 2018: Deadline to register to vote, transfer to a new address or update current registration by mail or online.
  • Monday, October 29, 2018: 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 the Auditor’s Office, all Thurston County Timberland Libraries, city/town halls, schools, fire stations, and licensing agencies.

A Logic and Accuracy Test will be held October 11 at 11:00 am at the Ballot Processing Center. This test ensures voting equipment will accurately tabulate results.

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 15 at 3:00 pm, Monday, November 26 at 1:00 pm and at the Thurston County Auditor’s Office on Tuesday, November 27 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 29th day of September, 2018
Thurston County Auditor’s Office


Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Contact:

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


September 25 is National Voter Registration Day!

Olympia, WA – On September 25, the Thurston County Auditor's Office will join a massive 50-state effort to register voters before Election Day as part of National Voter Registration Day (NVRD). The Auditor's Office encourages eligible voters to register online (MyVote.wa.gov) or at one of the many registration drives being held around the county.

The Auditor's Office is partnering with local colleges and high schools, as well as nonprofit organizations in the county to help register voters. Contact us:

By phone:       360.786.5408

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

Online:            elections@co.thurston.wa.us
                        ThurstonVotes.org

Additionally, voters are encouraged to show their civic pride by posting selfies with the official hashtag #NationalVoterRegistrationDay on their social media accounts.

If voters have questions about their eligibility to vote, please contact the Auditor's Office Elections division.

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, September 21, 2018
Contact:

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


Ballots Mailed to Military and Overseas Voters for the November 6 General Election

Olympia, WA – The Thurston County Auditor's Elections Division has mailed General Election ballots to military and overseas voters registered in Thurston County.

Federal law requires election officials to mail ballots 45 days in advance of Election Day to provide military and overseas voters with ample time to vote and return their ballot. 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 living overseas, we will mail your ballot on October 17, twenty days before Election Day.

Races on the ballot include Thurston County, statewide, federal, and judicial offices.

Military and overseas voters who have not received a ballot by Wednesday, October 10, 2018 should contact the Elections Division at 360.786.5408 for a replacement ballot.

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Notice of Canvassing Board Meeting and Agenda

Thurston County

Notice of Canvassing Board Meeting & Agenda

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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:              8:00 am 


They will adopt changes to the Canvassing Board Manual.


Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Contact:

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


Auditor’s Office Invites Public to View Demonstrations of Ballot Counting Systems

OLYMPIA, WA – The Thurston County Auditor's Elections Division is researching the next generation of ballot counting, or tabulation, systems. The public is welcome to view the presentation and demonstrations of three ballot tabulation systems certified for use in Washington State.

Thursday, September 13 – Dominion Voting Systems
Presentation will begin at 1 p.m.

Friday, September 14 – Election Systems & Software
Presentation will begin at 1 p.m.

Monday, September 17 – Clear Ballot
Presentation will begin at 1 p.m.

These demonstrations will be held at the Ballot Processing Center at 2905 29th Avenue SW, Suite E, Tumwater, WA 98512. Please contact Thurston County Elections at 360.786.5408 or elections@co.thurston.wa.us if you would like to attend or if you have further questions.

 

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Notice of Canvassing Board Meeting & Agenda

Thurston County Primary Election – August 7, 2018

Partial Requested Manual Recount

Notice of Canvassing Board Meeting & Agenda


Meeting 1, Wednesday, September 12, 2018

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 approve the billing for the August 7, 2018 Primary Election partial requested manual recount.


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Notice of Canvassing Board Meetings & Agendas for Requested Manual Recount

Thurston County Primary Election – August 7, 2018

Requested Manual Recount

Notice of Canvassing Board Meetings & Agendas

 

Meeting 1, Wednesday, September 5, 2018

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: 8:00 a.m .

They will be granting approval to open sealed ballot boxes for the requested manual recount.

 

Meeting 2, Monday, September 10, 2018

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: 8:00 a.m. 

 They will certify the August 7, 2018 Primary Election requested manual recount.