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

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, May 3, 2021
Contact:

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


Thurston County Candidate Filing Week Begins May 17



OLYMPIA – If you plan on running for office in 2021, Candidate Filing week is May 17 – 21. 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 17 at 9 a.m. to May 21 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 21. 
 
Filing fees vary for each elected position. You can find filing fees for each position at ThurstonVotes.org There is no filing fee for many positions. Please consult the Candidate Guide 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 21. The drawing will be held at the Elections Office and will be streaming live via Facebook LiveVisit 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: Thursday, April 29, 2021
Contact:
Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor  
360.786.5408 
711 Washington Relay 



Thurston County Elections Offering Drive-Thru and Walk-In Services at New Location Near Courthouse


OLYMPIA  Voter services will be available in a new location near the Thurston County Courthouse beginning Friday, April 30. The Thurston County Auditor’s Office Elections Division is moving their office to: 
 
2400 Evergreen Park Dr SW 
Olympia, WA 98502 
 
Thurston County residents can register to vote and receive other voting services in a public lobby or by using drive-thruDuring the upcoming primary and general elections, Thurston County residents will also be able to get replacement ballots and use accessible voting devices at the new site. 
 
There will be no voter services available at the Thurston County Courthouse Building 1. 
 
The new elections office will be open Monday through Fridayfrom 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
 
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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, April 8, 2021
Contact:
Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor  
elections@co.thurston.wa.us  
360.786.5408 
711 Washington Relay

Thurston County Elections to Hold Virtual Candidate Workshop
People considering running for office invited to April 22 meeting

OLYMPIA – Thurston County Elections will hold a virtual Candidate Filing Workshop on Thursday, April 22 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. 
 
Anyone interested in running for office this year can attend the workshop at: https://zoom.us/j/91599153291?pwd=V3B1WHFsR0R3b0Q0eU9UcTlaclhoUT09 
 
The Candidate Workshop will include information on how and where to file, candidate statements and photos for the voters' pamphlet, and a presentation by the Public Disclosure Commission. 

A full list of offices that will appear on the 2021 ballot is available here:  
https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/auditor/electionsdocuments/Open Offices 2021.pdf 



Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Contact:

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


Auditor Works With Community to Strike Racially Restrictive Covenants


OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Office is reaching out to hundreds of landowners whose properties contain antiquated unlawful racially restrictive covenants. A recent law allows the Auditor's Office to provide landowners a modification document to strike the racially restrictive language from their titles at no cost.

While racially restrictive covenants are not valid or enforceable, property owners may choose to strike the language to ensure they don't pass on from buyer to buyer. The auditor-provided modification document legally strikes the discriminatory provisions from the original document.

"We know there are at least 300 properties in Thurston County that are impacted by this language," said Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor. Starting in January 2019, Washington residents could file a document for no-charge at a county auditor's office to strike this language from their property title. "I'm not sure property owners are aware of this," she said.

"We are reaching out now because in the two years since we've had this no-cost option, we haven't had a single correction filed in Thurston County," Hall said. "We are assuming most people don't know about the history of these invalid racial restrictions in Thurston County or that they can eliminate them."

For landowners who are filing a restrictive covenant modification form, notary services are available free of charge at any of Olympia Federal Savings (OlyFed) seven Thurston County branches.

"We're grateful for the opportunity to partner with the auditor's office on this very important project to correct and remove these broken and incredibly disheartening covenants from our county's legal records," Lori Drummond, OlyFed President & CEO said. "This project demonstrates a community commitment to self-improvement, inclusivity and compassionate care towards our neighbors whom were not welcomed in areas of our county in the past."

For landowners who need help filling out the modification form, no-cost legal aid is available via the Thurston County Bar Association's Inclusion and Diversity Section. For a list of participating lawyers, contact tcauditor@co.thurston.wa.us

Racially restrictive covenants were recorded on some properties in Thurston County during the first half of the twentieth century. These covenants excluded specific races or religions from owning or occupying property or limited ownership or use to one race.

After a Supreme Court decision in 1948, these covenants became unenforceable. In 1968, the federal Fair Housing Act banned covenants discriminating based on race, color, religion, or national origin. A 1969 Washington state law also provides that these covenants have no legal effect.

It is possible there are additional parcels that contain racially restrictive language. Landowners who were not contacted by the Auditor's Office can find tips for researching their own properties at ThurstonAuditor.org
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Public Invited to Attend and Observe Canvassing Board Meeting  
​The Thurston County Auditor's Office invites citizens to attend the meeting of the March 29, 2021 canvassing board.

The canvassing board will meet via Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/99408071933?pwd=MDVMZnpEdUVCS1dVbDN4cTU5L3pGdz09

Meeting ID: 994 0807 1933
Passcode: 817799

 on Monday, March 29th at 2:30 pm. The link will also be available at ThurstonVotes.org.

The purpose of the meeting is to sign the Delegation of Authority for staff to process ballots for the year of 2021 and adopt updates to the Canvassing Board Manual.  The canvassing board consists of Auditor Mary Hall, Prosecuting Attorney Jon Tunheim and County Commissioner Tye Menser, or their designees.

Dated this 26th day of March 2021
Mary Hall

Thurston County Auditor


Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Contact:
Mary Hall, Auditor
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us  
360.786.5408
711 Washington Relay 



Auditor’s Office Receives Award for Financial Reporting
OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Financial Services Team received their 14th 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 team really excels in making sure the public can take a deep look into county finances," said Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor. This award follows the county's fifth straight clean financial statement 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 a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement recognizes the CAFR for the 2019 fiscal year, the most recent report available.  
 
"While our team was assembling the CAFR report, we were in the midst of pandemic office closures and a lot of uncertainty about county finances," Hall said. "Our financial team did not lose focus. They reached out to help other county departments while keeping a close eye on financial reporting. I could not be prouder of their work." 
 
Each CAFR covers a fiscal year (January 1 through December 31). Financial staff are currently assembling the CAFR covering the 2020 fiscal year. CAFRs 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, January 14, 2021
Contact:
Mary Hall
elections@co.thurston.wa.us 
360.786.5408  

711 Washington Relay 
 



Thurston County Auditor’s Celebrates Temperance and Good Citizenship Day

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Office is celebrating Temperance and Good Citizenship tomorrow, January 15th, 2021.  

All citizens should take the opportunity to make sure their voter registration is up to date. Also, Washington residents ages 16 and 17 can preregister to vote. Students and educators in Thurston County are encouraged to visit the Secretary of State's website for resources on good citizenship and the history of the day.  

"We know that the sooner young people start voting, the faster it becomes a life-long habit," said Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor. "Today is a day for everyone to encourage voter registration and other acts of good citizenship." 

Temperance and Good Citizenship Day is one of three civic observances in State of Washington. Many schools conduct voter registration drives and other activities on this day. More information can be found at sos.wa.gov or by visiting us at ThurstonVotes.org.  

 

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Contact:
​Mary Hall, 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 10 a.m. on Wednesday, December 30. Sheriff John Snaza will deliver the Pledge of Allegiance, and Judge Ann Hirsch and Timberland Regional Library Director Cheryl Heywood will address attendees. The ceremony will be broadcast live on the TC Media's YouTube channel

The elected officials to be sworn in include: 
  • Legislative Representatives for District 22 
  • Thurston County Commissioners 
  • Commissioner Public Utility District 3 
  • Superior Court Judge 
This event will be held on December 30, 2020 at 10 a.m. Visit ThurstonVotes.org for links to the TC Media YouTube channel. 
  
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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, December 21, 2020
Contact:
Mary Hall 
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us 
360.786.5224   
711 Washington Relay 

 



Auditor Accepting Applications for Tumwater Licensing Subagency
OLYMPIA  The Thurston County Auditor is accepting applications for a vehicle/vessel licensing subagency in Tumwater 
 
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, January 25, 2021. 
 
An applicant Q&A conference call will be held on Tuesday, January 26 at 3 p.m. For participation information, please call Jared Krause at 360.754.4661. Notes from the Q&A conference call are available here.

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: Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Contact:

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


Thurston County Certifies General Election
OLYMPIA  – The Thurston County Canvassing Board has certified the November 3, 2020 General Election.   

Final election results can be found at ThurstonVotes.org. 

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, October 30, 2020
Contact:
Mary Hall
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us 
360.786.5408  
711 Washington Relay


Voting Center Open Saturday  at South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC)
64.62% of Thurston County ballots have been returned in the November 3 General Election

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor’s Office reminds voters the deadline to return ballots for the General  Election is Tuesday, November 3 If you’ve not received a ballot or misplaced your ballot, you can pick up a replacement. 
  • Where: Visit the Drive-Through Voter Services at South Puget Sound Community College – Mottman Campus 
  • WhenSaturday, October 31 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; and  
  • Monday, November 2 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  
  • On Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  The gates at SPSCC will close promptly at 8:00pm Election Day. 
  • Can’t get out? Download a ballot at VoteWA.gov  

Return envelopes must be postmarked by Tuesday, November 3, or deposited into one of 29 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 Elections Office is not at the county courthouse. Our Voting Center is located at South Puget Sound Community College Mottman Campus. The address is 2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia, WA 98512. 

Voters may register to vote, update their current registration obtain a ballot , or use an assistive voting device at the Voting Center.  

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Contact:
Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor
tcauditor@co.thurston.wa.us 
360.786.5224
711 Washington Relay 


State Auditor’s Office Completes Clean Audit of Thurston County
OLYMPIA – The State Auditor's Office completed the last portion of their annual review of Thurston County's finances. State auditors found the county compliant with federal grant requirements. 

State auditors examined reporting for Thurston County Public Health's Community Development Block grant (CDBG).  State auditors also reviewed the Child Support Enforcement Grant in the Clerk's and Prosecuting Attorney's Office earlier this year. Normally grant auditing is completed at the same time as financial and accountability auditing. But the public health crisis delayed the audit of the CDBG grant. 

Earlier this year, Thurston County received a clean audit from the State Auditor's Office for the fifth straight year after the financial and accountability portion of their audit. 
 
"Grant compliance is a vital part of our accountability culture here in Thurston County," said county Auditor Mary Hall. The Thurston County Auditor's Office employs a grant specialist as a resource for all county offices and departments. "We've made a concerted effort to make sure agencies across the counties have the knowledge and resources to comply with grant requirements. Grants are a vital source of funding, but oftentimes have different compliance standards." 

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.  
 
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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Contact:

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


Thurston County Election Officials To Hold Town Hall to Answer Election Questions
OLYMPIA – Do you have questions about the current election or ballot security? 

Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall and Thurston County Elections Manager Tillie Naputi-Pullar will hold a town hall on Monday, October 26 to answer your questions. Residents are encourage to participate and submit their questions during this hour-long informational session. 

Attendees can submit their questions during the event using chat, or email them beforehand to TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us Email questions will be answered first.  

Who:  

Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor 
Tillie Naputi-Pullar, Thurston County Elections Manager 

 

What:  

Election 2020 Town Hall 

 

Where:  

Zoom 
To sign in, go to: https://zoom.us/j/92562828937?pwd=L0ZoSXFqUkR0RnlraGY0R21Cd1Nrdz09 
 

When:  

Monday, October 26 
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

 
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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Contact:
Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us
360.786.5408  

711 Washington Relay



How to vote safely during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Thurston County
OLYMPIA – With the increase of COVID-19 in the last few weeks, the Thurston County Auditor's Office advises voters to take steps to vote safely and prevent the spread of the disease.

On September 19, 2020, our transmission rate was 30.8 cases per 100,000 people over 14 days. As of October 18, 2020, COVID-19 transmission rates in Thurston County have increased in the moderate transmission range to 72.8 cases per 100,000 people over 14 days and our rate continues to climb. We may see our transmission rates cross into the high activity level in our county soon.

Thurston County Health Officer Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek stated, "Voting in an election is important for all residents to participate in. Using a ballot drop box or mailing in your ballot does not present a risk of spreading COVID-19. If you need additional voter services to facilitate voting, the drive-thru voting center at South Puget Sound Community College is a safe option."

"We're taking every precaution to keep our voters safe," said Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor. "Voters can take their steps to protect their health and participate in democracy."

Voters can take the following steps:

  • Voters returning ballots should use one of the 29 ballot boxes across Thurston County. A full list of boxes can be found here.
  • Voters who need a replacement ballot should contact Thurston County Elections by phone (360.786.5408) or email (elections@co.thurston.wa.us) to have one mailed to them.

  • Visit the Drive-Thru Voting Center at South Puget Sound Community College Mottman Campus for replacement ballots or voter registration. More information here.
  • Please stay tuned for updates. Check in regularly at ThurstonVotes.org or subscribe at Facebook.com/TCAuditor or Twitter.com/TCAuditor.

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, October 19, 2020
Contact:
​Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor 
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us 
360.786.5408 

711 Washington Relay 



Voter Registration Deadlines for the November 3 General Election
Citizens encouraged to register to vote or update their voter registration.

OLYMPIA – Below are the voter registration deadlines for the November 3 General Election: 

Monday, October 26, 2020: 

  • Last day for remote registrations and updates to existing registrations online at VoteWA.gov, by mail, or at voter registration drives, etc.
Tuesday, November 3, 2020: 

  • Updates or new registrations after Monday, October 26 must be made in person by 8 p.m. on November 3, Election Day using the Thurston County Drive-Through Voter Services at South Puget Sound Community College's (SPSCC) Mottman Campus.  
Where to Register or Update Voter Registration: 

To help keep our voters safe during the pandemic, The Thurston County Auditor's Elections Division will be opening their Voting Center at South Puget Sound Community College's (SPSCC) Mottman Campus for the November General election. The address is 2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia, WA 98512. For more information and to see a map of drive-through voter services, visit ThurstonVotes.org.

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Contact:

Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor 
360.786.5408   
711 Washington Relay



Thurston County Auditor’s Office Offering Drive-Thru Voter Services at South Puget Sound Community College in response to Pandemic
OLYMPIA – Thurston County residents can register to vote, get a replacement ballot and vote without leaving their car.  The Thurston County Auditor’s Office Elections Division opened their Voting Center at South Puget Sound Community College’s (SPSCC) Mottman Campus for the November 3 General Election. The address is 2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia, WA 98512.  

There will be no voter services available at the Thurston County Courthouse due to the inability to physical distance necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic.    

Voters who require an accessible voting unit will be directed to enter the Accessible Voting Center in Building 26 at SPSCC.   

The drive through Voting Center at SPSCC will be open: 
  • Monday through Friday, October 14 through October 30 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m; 
  • Saturday, October 31 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; 
  • Monday, November 2 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
  • On Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020, the Voting Center at SPSCC will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Voters must be in line at the voting center by 8:00 p.m. on election day in order to vote.   For more information on the Voting Center at SPSCC, go to ThurstonVotes.org or call elections at 360.786.5408.

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Notice of the November 3, 2020 General Election
​A ballot will be mailed to all Thurston County voters with a current mailing address.

Registration Deadlines:
  • Monday, October 26, 2020: Deadline to register to vote, transfer to a new address or update current registration by mail or online.
  • Tuesday, November 3, 2020: Deadline to register to vote, transfer to a new address or update current registration. Must be done in person at a County Auditor's Office or Voting Center in Washington State.
Logic and Accuracy Test:
  • Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 9:00 am at the Ballot Processing Center. This test is open to the public and demonstrates the accuracy of tabulation equipment.
Where to register, obtain a ballot and ask for more information:
  • Online: ThurstonVotes.org
  • Phone: 360.786.5408
  • In Person: Drive-Through Voter Services at South Puget Sound Community College Mottman Campus at 2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia, WA 98512, enter off Crosby Blvd. Available October 14 - October 30, M - F, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, October 31, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 2, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm and November 3, 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Voter Registration Forms: Available online or Thurston County Drive-Through Voter Services at South Puget Sound Community College Mottman Campus, all Thurston County Timberland Libraries, city/town halls, schools, fire stations, and licensing agencies.

Accessible Voting Assistance is available at the Thurston County Auditor's Office Drive-Through Voter Services at South Puget Sound Community College Mottman Campus at 2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia, WA 98512, enter off Crosby Blvd. (October 14 - October 30, M - F, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, October 31, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 2, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm and November 3, 8:00 am - 8:00 pm) or call to arrange an appointment.

Student Engagement Hub at The Evergreen State College, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia, WA 98505, Costantino Recreation Center (CRC) building in the Gymnasium.  Hours: October 31, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 2, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm and November 3, 8:00 am - 8:00 pm.

Meetings to canvass ballots and finalize the election are open to the public. Meetings are held at the Thurston County Ballot Processing Center on Wednesday, November 10 at 12:30 pm, Friday, November 20 at 3:30 pm and Tuesday, November 24 at 1:00 pm. Meetings may be convened remotely if warranted, contact office for more information.

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 14th day of October 2020
Mary Hall
Thurston County Auditor



Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, October 8, 2020
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 3, 2020 General Election
Drive-Thru Voter Services will also be available at South Puget Sound Community College

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Elections Division mailed more than 187,000 ballots to voters in Thurston County for the November 3 General Election.  

Any registered voter who thinks they should have received a ballot but hasn't by Friday, 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 18. 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.  

"Vote early, when you receive your ballot and use an elections drop box. The safest and most direct way to return your ballot is in a drop box," said Auditor Mary Hall. If you mail your ballot it must be postmarked by November 3. 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 3 (Election Day). 
 
Starting October 14, Thurston County residents can register to vote, get a replacement ballot, and drop off ballots at the Voting Center at South Puget Sound Community College's (SPSCC) Mottman Campus for the November General Election.  The address is 2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia, WA 98512.  
 
The Drive Thru Voter Services and Voting Center at SPSCC will be open:  
  • M – F, October 14 through October 30 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;  
  • Saturday, October 31 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.;  
  • Monday, November 2 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
  • On Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020, the Voting Center at SPSCC will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Any voter in line at the voting center at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day will be allowed to vote.  
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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Contact:
​Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor 
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us 
360.786.5224             
711 Washington Relay

The County Auditor’s Licensing and Recording Departments will Close on Monday, October 12 for Training
Elections will remain open on October 12, all divisions open on October 13

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Office's Licensing and Recording divisions will close to the public on Monday, October 12 for staff training. The Elections division will remain open. 

All offices will be open with normal business hours on Tuesday, October 13 at 8 a.m. 

"That Monday banks are closed and it's our slowest day of the year. We use this opportunity to close on a day with minimal customer impact to focus on staff training," said Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor.  
 
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: Friday, September 18, 2020
Contact:
​Mary Hall
elections@co.thurston.wa.us 
360.786.5408
711 Washington Relay
 



Ballots Mailed to Military and Overseas Voters for the November 3 General Election
OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Elections Division has mailed over 8,000 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 Time on Election Night, November 3, 2020. 

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

Races on the ballot include candidates for Federal Partisan Offices, Statewide Offices, County Commissioners Districts 1 and 2, Public Utility District Commissioner District 3, and State Supreme and County Superior Court Judges. Measures on the ballot include Referendum Measure No. 90; Advisory Votes No. 32, 33, 34, & 35; Proposed Constitutional Amendment: Engrossed Senate Joint Resolution No. 8212; and Lacey Fire Protection District 3 Proposition No. 1 Levy Lid Lift.   

Military and overseas voters who have not received a ballot by Monday, October 19 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: Friday, September 4, 2020
Contact:
Mary Hall
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us
360.786.5408
711 Washington Relay


Thurston County Auditor Releases Voter Registration Challenge Decision



OLYMPIA — Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall upheld a challenge to the voter registration of C Davis. 

Under state law, the challenged voter has the opportunity to update his address or appeal the decision to Superior Court. 

The Auditor's authority in this voter registration challenge is limited to only whether a voter resides at the location listed on the voter registration card.  "My decision only relates to his voter registration address and does not extend any further," Hall said. "It's important all voters register with the actual address where they reside so they receive the correct precinct ballot." 

Hall presided over an administrative hearing to consider the voter registration challenge on Thursday, August 27, 2020. 

The decision, along with other documents regarding this challenge, are posted here: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/auditor/Pages/elections-challenges.aspx 

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

Media Advisory
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Contact:
​Mary Hall
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us 
360.786.5408
711 Washington Relay

 



Revised: Thurston County Auditor’s Office Considers Voter Registration Challenge

OLYMPIA  The Thurston County Auditor's Office will hold an administrative hearing to consider a voter registration challenge on Thursday, August 27 at 3 p.m. 

 

This hearing will occur remotely at this link: 

https://zoom.us/j/96523714475?pwd=K1lxcTA0TldmNEtEWmxib2txMmhRZz09 

 

Documents regarding this challenge are available here: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/auditor/Pages/elections-challenges.aspx 

 

If you are unable to attend remotely, please contact tcauditor@co.thurston.wa.us for accommodation. 

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Notice of Voter Registration Challenge Hearing

Thurston County Auditor's Office
Notice of Voter Registration Challenge Hearing

Voter registration challenge, Thursday, August 27, 2020

The Thurston County Auditor's Office will hold an administrative hearing to consider a voter registration challenge at County Courthouse & via Zoom:

Where:
T
hurston County Courthouse
2000 Lakeridge Dr SW Bldg 1 Rm 280
Olympia, WA 98502

For remote viewing, use this link:  
https://zoom.us/j/96523714475?pwd=K1lxcTA0TldmNEtEWmxib2txMmhRZz09

When:               
3:00pm

Documents regarding this challenge are available here: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/auditor/Pages/elections-challenges.aspx


Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Contact:
Mary Hall
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us 
360.786.5408  
711 Washington Relay



Thurston County Certifies Primary Election
OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Canvassing Board has certified the August 42020 Primary Election.  
 
Final election results can be found at ThurstonVotes.org.
 
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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Contact:
​Mary Hall
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us
360.786.5408
711 Washington Relay

 



Auditor's Office Seeks Citizens to Serve on "Against" Committee for ballot measure in the November General Election
OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Office seeks "against" committee members for the November General Election.

"Against" committee members are needed for:
  • Proposition No. 1, Lacey Fire District No. 3, Maintenance and Operations Levy Lid Lift
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 Tuesday, August 11 via email to pamphlet@co.thurston.wa.us or by calling 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.  A copy of the resolution for the November election can be found here.
 
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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, August 3, 2020
Contact:
Mary Hall
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us
360.786.5408
711 Washington Relay

August 4 Deadline to Submit Resolutions for the November General Election
OLYMPIA – The resolution deadline for the November General Election is August 4 at 4:30 p.m. Any jurisdiction intending to file a resolution with the Thurston County Auditor's Office should contact the Elections Division as soon as possible. Jurisdictions are encouraged to file resolutions by email to elections@co.thurston.wa.us. If you need to submit a resolution, you may visit the drive through voter services at SPSCC. For location information, go here.

The administrative rules for jurisdictions can be found at ThurstonVotes.org.

Questions? Contact the Elections Division at 360.786.5408.

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, July 30, 2020
Contact:

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


Auditor's Office Open Saturday and Drive-Through Voter Assistance at SPSCC
17.53% of Thurston County ballots have been returned in the Aug 4, 2020 Primary Election

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Office reminds voters the deadline to return ballots for the Primary Election is Tuesday, August 4.  If you've not received a ballot or you've 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 Drive-Through Voting Center at South Puget Sound Community College – Mottman Campus
 Return envelopes must be postmarked by Tuesday, August 4, or deposited into one of 29 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 at South Puget Sound Community College Mottman Campus is a designated voting center during business hours. 
  • Through July 31, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 1, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, August 3, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Election Day, Tuesday, August 4, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Voters may register to vote, update their current registration, obtain a ballot, or use a voting assistance device at the Voting Center. The Auditor's Office Elections Division is currently located at South Puget Sound Community College's Mottman Campus. Voters should enter the campus from Crosby Boulevard and follow signs for Voter Services.
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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, July 20, 2020
Contact:
​Mary Hall
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us

360.786.5408   
711 Washington Relay



Voter Registration Deadlines for the August 4 Primary Election
Citizens encouraged to register to vote or update their voter registration


OLYMPIA – Below are the voter registration deadlines for the August 4 Primary Election:

Monday, July 27, 2020:

  • Last day for remote registrations and updates to existing registrations online at VoteWA.gov, by mail, or at voter registration drives, etc.
Tuesday, July 28, 2020:
  • Updates or new registrations received by an election official after Monday, July 27 can be done in person until 8 p.m. on August 4 Primary Election Day using the Thurston County Drive-Through Voter Services or Walk In Voting Center at South Puget Sound Community College's (SPSCC) Mottman Campus.
Where to Register or Update Voter Registration:

 To help keep our voters safe during the pandemic, The Thurston County Auditor's Office Elections Division will be hosting their Voting Center at South Puget Sound Community College's (SPSCC) Mottman Campus for the August primary and November general elections. Residents can receive voter services after entering the campus at Crosby Loop SW and Crosby Boulevard SW. 

 
For more information and to see a map of drive-through voter services, visit ThurstonVotes.org.

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Contact:
​Mary Hall
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us

360.786.5408    
711 Washington Relay



Ballots Available and Ballot Drop Boxes Open for the August 4, 2020 Primary Election
Drive-Through Voter Services During Pandemic at South Puget Sound Community College Mottman Campus

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Elections Division mailed more than 187,000 ballots to voters in Thurston County for the August 4 Primary Election. 

Any registered voter who thinks they should have received a ballot but hasn't by Wednesday, July 22 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 19. 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 August 4. 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 4 (Election Day).

Thurston County residents can register to vote, get a replacement ballot, and vote at the Drive-Through Voting Center at South Puget Sound Community College's (SPSCC) Mottman Campus for the August primary and November general elections. For more details and to see a map, visit ThurstonVotes.org.

The Drive-Through Voting Center at SPSCC will be open:

  • July 15 through July 31 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;
  • Saturday, August 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; and
  • Monday, August 3 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • On Election Day, Tuesday, August 4, 2020, the Voting Center at SPSCC will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Any voter in line at the voting center at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day will be allowed to vote.
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Notice of the August 4, 2020 Primary Election

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

Participating Jurisdictions:

        Federal Offices: U.S. Representative Dist. No. 3, 10; State Offices: Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, State Auditor, Attorney General, Commissioner of Public Lands, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Insurance Commissioner; State Legislative Offices: Senator, Dist. No. 2, 20, 22; Representative Pos. No. 1 & 2, Dist. No. 2, 20, 22, 35; County Offices: Commissioner Pos. No. 1 & 2, Superior Court Pos. No. 8; County Propositions: Centralia School District No. 401-L (Replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy), Fire Protection District No. 6 (East Olympia) Levy Lid Lift; Democratic Precinct Committee Officer Pct. 47, 94, 116, 161, 204, 210, 211, 215, 219, 221, 224, 229, 230, 237, 244, 246, 249, 250, 303, 321, 413, 424; and Republican Precinct Committee Officer Pct. 45, 59, 115, 116, 121, 248, 259, 341

Registration Deadlines:

  • Monday, July 27, 2020: Deadline to register to vote, transfer to a new address or update current registration by mail or online.
  • Tuesday, August 4, 2020: Deadline to register to vote, transfer to a new address or update current registration. Must be done in person at a County Auditor's Office or Voting Center in Washington State.

Logic and Accuracy Test:

  • Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 2:00 pm at the Ballot Processing Center. This test is open to the public and demonstrates the accuracy of tabulation equipment.

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

  • Online: ThurstonVotes.org
  • Phone: 360.786.5408
  • In Person: Drive-Through Voting Services at South Puget Sound Community College Mottman Campus at 2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia, WA 98512, enter off Crosby Blvd.

Voter Registration Forms: Available online or Thurston County Drive-Through Voting Services at South Puget Sound Community College Mottman Campus, all Thurston County Timberland Libraries, city/town halls, schools, fire stations, and licensing agencies.

Accessible Voting Assistance is available at the Thurston County Auditor's Office Drive-Through Voting Services (July 15 - July 31, M - F, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, August 1, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 3, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm and August 4, 8:00 am - 8:00 pm) or call to arrange an appointment.

Meetings to canvass ballots and finalize the election are open to the public. Meetings are held at the Thurston County Ballot Processing Center on Wednesday, Aug 12 at 2:00 pm, Friday, Aug 14 at 3:30 pm and at the Thurston County Auditor's Office on Tuesday, Aug 18 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 14th day of July, 2020
Mary Hall
Thurston County Auditor


Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, July 13, 2020
Contact:
​Mary Hall
tcauditor@co.thurston.wa.us
360.786.5224 
711 Washington Relay



Thurston County Receives Fifth Straight Clean Audit
OLYMPIA – Thurston County received a clean audit from the State Auditor's Office for the fifth straight year. 

"Clean audits are a credit to our sound policies and meticulous and talented staff," said Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor. The county auditor's office overseas financial services for all of county government. "Clean audits should be a regular occurrence for Thurston County," she said. 

The State Auditor's Office took a particular look at some parts of county operations, including practices in payroll and accounts payable, use of restricted funds and procedures in district court and the jail. 

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. 

This year's audit was also conducted while county offices were closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Because we were closed, the entire audit was conducted remotely," Hall said. "County staff worked hard to be accessible and responsive. We also gave them credentials for read only access to our financial system." 

"We appreciate the county being flexible with their time and finding unique ways to communicate with us," read a portion of the exit conference memo from the State Auditor's Office. "County staff did a great job complying with last minute requests and doing so in a timely manner..." 

State auditors will return later this year to audit a grant in the Public Health and Social Services department. That audit was delayed because of the public health crisis. 

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. 

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, July 9, 2020
Contact:
Mary Hall
elections@co.thurston.wa.us
360.786.5408  
711 Washington Relay

Thurston County Auditor's Office Offering Drive Through Voter Services During Pandemic at South Puget Sound Community College
There will be no voting services available at the Thurston County Courthouse

OLYMPIA – Thurston County residents can register to vote, get a replacement ballot and vote without leaving their car. 

The Thurston County Auditor's Office Elections Division will be hosting their Voting Center at South Puget Sound Community College's (SPSCC) Mottman Campus for the August primary and November general elections. 

"We shifted to a drive-up model to protect employee and public health during the coronavirus pandemic," said Auditor Mary Hall. There will be no voting services available at the Thurston County Courthouse to allow for physical distancing necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Residents can receive voter services after entering the campus at Crosby Loop SW and Crosby Boulevard SW. 

Voters who require an accessible voting unit will be directed to enter the Voting Center at SPSCC. 

The Voting Center at SPSCC will be open:
  • July 15 through July 31 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m;
  • Saturday, August 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; and
  • Monday, August 3 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • On Election Day, Tuesday, August 4, 2020, the Voting Center at SPSCC will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. Any voter in line at the voting center at 8:00 p.m. on election day will be allowed to vote.

For more information on the Voting Center at SPSCC, go to ThurstonVotes.org or call elections at 360.786.5408.
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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, July 6, 2020
Contact:
Mary Hall
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us
360.786.5408
711 Washington Relay



August 4, 2020 Primary Election Voters’ Pamphlets Mailed
Voters can learn about candidates and a local ballot measures in the primary local voters’ pamphlet

OLYMPIA – Beginning Wednesday, July 8th, the Thurston County Auditor’s Office will mail voters’ pamphlets for the August 4, 2020 Primary Election to all households in Thurston County. 

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

Ballots will be mailed on July 15.

For more information, visit: www.thurstonvotes.org

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 19, 2020
Contact:
Mary Hall
elections@co.thurston.wa.us
360.786.5408
711 Washington Relay



Ballots Mailed to Military and Overseas Voters for the August 4, 2020 Primary Election
OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Elections Division has mailed over 7,453 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 4, 2020.

For voters not in the military or overseas, ballots will be mailed July 15.

Races on the ballot include candidates for Federal Partisan Offices, Statewide Offices, County Commissioners District No. 1 and District 2, and Superior Court Judge. Measures on the ballot include Centralia School District and Thurston County Fire Protection District No. 6 (East Olympia).

Military and overseas voters who have not received a ballot by Monday, July 27 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: Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Contact:

​​Mary Hall
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us
360.786.5224
711 Washington Relay


Thurston County Auditor’s Office earns national achievement award for Cybersecurity Initiative

OLYMPIA – The National Association of Counties recognized the Thurston County Auditor’s Office for their work the last two years to improve the county’s cybersecurity posture. The Achievement Award honors innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents.   

 
“Fair and free elections are a hallmark of American democracy,” said Auditor Mary Hall. “Voters’ confidence relies on their confidence in the security and resilience of elections infrastructure. We are only as secure as our weakest link, so we need to ensure all county employees are cyber aware.” 
 
Auditor Hall spearheaded the creation of the county-wide Cybersecurity Forum in 2017. The forum includes key department directors, IT staff from various county offices, the IT department, the assistant county manager, and other elected officials.  
 
The Thurston County Cybersecurity Initiative has resulted in several long-term gains to the county’s cybersecurity standing: 
  • Doubled cybersecurity staffing. 
  • Increased training, including mandatory annual cybersecurity training countywide. 
  • Segregation of elections division computer network from the rest of the county. 
  • Implemented multifactor authentication in Administration and Elections divisions in the Auditor’s Office. 
Awards are given in 18 different categories nationally that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice and public safety, county administration, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more. 
 
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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Contact:
​Mary Hall
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us
360.786.5408
711 Washington Relay



Auditor's Office Seeks Citizens to Serve on "For" and "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.

"For" and "Against" committee members are needed for:
  • Centralia School District, Proposition No. 1, Replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy
"Against" committee members are needed for:
  • Fire Protection District No. 6 (East Olympia), Proposition No. 1, Levy Lid Lift
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 Wednesday, 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 ThurstonVotes.org.

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