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

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

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

360.786.5408. 

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

 


Mary Hall
AUDITOR

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



Canvassing Board Certifies General Election


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

Final election results can be found at ThurstonVotes.org.  
 

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

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

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


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



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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

When:
9:00 a.m.

This test ensures voting equipment is accurately tabulating results.

 
Notice of Canvassing Board Meetings & Agendas

Meeting 1, Wednesday, November 10, 2021                                                                                                                

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

When:          
3:00 p.m.

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

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

 
Meeting 2, Wednesday, November 17, 2021                                                                                                                

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

When:          
1:00 p.m.

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

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

Meeting 3, Tuesday, November 23, 2021

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

When:          
3:00 p.m.

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

They will certify the November 3, 2021 General Election.


Mary Hall
AUDITOR

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

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

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Elections Division mailed more than 187,000 ballots to voters in Thurston County for the November 2 General Election.  
 
Any registered voter who thinks they should have received a ballot, but hasn't by Wednesday, October 20 should contact the Auditor's Office at 360.786.5408 or elections@co.thurston.wa.us. Ballots for military and overseas voters registered in Thurston County were mailed on Friday, September 17. The Auditor's Office opened 29 secure ballot drop boxes throughout the county. A list of locations and addresses is included in the mailed ballot materials and online at ThurstonVotes.org.  
 
Ballots must be postmarked by November 2. Voters are advised to check mailboxes for pickup times to make sure their ballots will be postmarked by Election Day. No stamp is needed to mail your ballot. If you miss your mail pickup time, ballot drop boxes are open until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2 (Election Day). 
 
Thurston County residents can register to vote, get a replacement ballot and vote using an accessibility voting device at the Voting Center located at 2400 Evergreen Park Dr. SW, Olympia, WA 98502.  Drive-thru voter services are available at this location.  There will also be voting assistance available at the Lacey Timberland Library and at The Evergreen State College. Times vary by location: 
 
Thurston County Election Office Voting Center (accessible voting device available) 
2400 Evergreen Park Dr. SW, Olympia, WA 98502 (drive-through service available) 
October 13 – November 1, M – F, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  
November 2, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.  
 
Lacey Timberland Library Voting Center (accessible voting device available) 
500 College St SE Lacey, WA 98503 
October 13 – November 1, M – Th, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., F 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
November 2, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
 
The Evergreen State College HUB 
November 1, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
November 2, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
 
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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Contact:
​Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor  

TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us  
360.786.5224              
711 Washington Relay  



Thurston County Auditor’s Office will Close on Monday, October 11 for Training 
OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Office will close to the public on Monday, October 11 for staff training. All divisions will be open with normal business hours on Tuesday, October 12 at 8 a.m.  
  
"Banks are closed that Monday, so it is our slowest day of the year. We use this opportunity to close on a day with minimal customer impact to focus on staff training," said Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor.   
  
Licensing customers with immediate needs can visit one of the eight local subagents located throughout Thurston County. A complete subagent listing and their hours of operation, can be found on our website. 

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

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

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


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

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, October 1, 2021
Contact:
Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor  
360.786.5408 
711 Washington Relay  



Auditor’s Office Announces Logic & Accuracy Test ahead of the November 2 General Election; Seeks Observers


OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor’s Office will conduct a Logic & Accuracy test ahead of the November 2, 2021 General Election. This test demonstrates the accuracy of the tabulation equipment. The Auditor’s Office is  looking for volunteers to serve as observers for the Logic & Accuracy test.  
 
Logic & Accuracy test 
1:00 p.m., Friday, October 8, 2021  
Ballot Processing Center 
2905 29th Avenue SW, Suite E  
Tumwater, WA 98512 
 
Anyone can be an observer. The Logic & Accuracy test is a great way to learn more about how we ensure our elections are free, fair, safe, and secure. Observers will be able to ask questions and learn more about the election processCall 360.786.5408 or email elections@co.thurston.wa.us if you would like to become an observer.  
 
For the health and safety of election workers, all visitors must wear masks at the Ballot Processing Center. Citizens with disabilities requiring special accommodation should contact Tillie Naputi-Pullar, 360.786.5408 or Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing:  711 Washington Relay. 
 
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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, October 1, 2021
Contact:

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


Thurston County Elections Offering Observer Training ahead of November General Election
 
OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Elections Office will conduct training for anyone who wants to observe ballot processing during the General Election. The training will be held at the Ballot Processing Center on Monday, October 4, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.  
 
The observer training will cover election procedures and observer policy. This training is encouraged for observers appointed by their political party. This training is also open to the public. Anyone interested in attending should contact Thurston County Elections at elections@co.thurston.wa.us or by calling 360.786.5408.  
 
The Ballot Processing Center is located at:  
2905 29th Avenue SW, Suite F 
Tumwater, WA 98512 
(map) 
 
For the health and safety of election workers, all visitors must wear masks at the Ballot Processing Center. Citizens with disabilities requiring special accommodation should contact Tillie Naputi-Pullar, 360.786.5408 or Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing: 711 Washington Relay.  
 
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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, September 17, 2021
Contact:

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


Ballots Mailed to Military and Overseas Voters for the November 2, 2021 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 2, 2021. 

For voters not in the military or overseas, ballots will be mailed October 7.  

Races and measures on the ballot include Port of Olympia commissioners, city and town offices, school board directors, fire district commissioners, a parks and recreation district commissioner, cemetery commissioners,  a City of Yelm advisory vote and Fire District 12 bond. 

Military and overseas voters who have not received a ballot by Monday, October 15 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, September 8, 2021
Contact:
Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor   
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us   
360.786.5224   
711 Washington Relay   
 



Thurston County Receives Clean Audit for Sixth Straight Year
​ 
OLYMPIA – Thurston County received a clean audit from the State Auditor’s Office for the sixth straight year.   
 
The State Auditor’s Office conducts financial and accountability audits of the county every year. Independent audits provide essential accountability and transparency for county government. The State Auditor’s Office took a particular look at the use of credit cards, cost allocations, payroll, accounts payable and several other areas. The county auditor’s office overseas financial services for all county government. 
 
“Credit for the clean audit goes to our talented staff and sound financial policies,” said Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor. “Our county-wide culture of financial best practices has resulted in clean audits for the last six years,” Hall said. 
 
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’ and Treasurer’s and offices and other county departments were also involved with the audit.  
 
“County staff were friendly and easy to work with,” read the SOA’s report in part. “Supporting documentation was provided in an organized and timely manner. Staff were open and welcoming of recommendations for improvement.” 
 
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 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report published by the Thurston County Auditor’s Financial Services division. 
 
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Notice of Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee (VAAC)
Thurston County Auditor's Office Elections Division
Notice of Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee (VAAC)

Special Meeting, Wednesday, September 1, 2021

The Thurston County VAAC is meeting via Zoom:

When:              12:30 pm 

Join via Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83661268521?pwd=KzZrRWtMblFVQ1VFVkwyZHRsaEYyQT09

They are meeting to adopt the 2021 annual plan, discussing the possibility of moving the VAAC to an Accessibly Communities Advisory Committee (ACAC), and open discussion.

 




Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, August 20, 2021
Contact:

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


Yelm City Council Race Recount Certified
OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Canvassing Board certified the Yelm City Council Position 4 race which underwent a mandatory manual recount Friday morning. The board certified that Steffen Burney will advance to the General Election in November over Kayla Russel by one vote. The votes did not change from the earlier results.

Election results are available at ThurstonVotes.org

"Only 1,066 voters of the 5,305 registered in Yelm took part in this election, and the margin of who is advancing to the general election is a single vote," said Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor. "This is an example of how every vote really does matter."

The mandatory manual recount matched the earlier certified count. A three-person counting board hand tallied ballots in each of Yelm's five precincts. Those totals were checked against machine counts by a two-person verification board. Both the counting and verification boards were staffed by full-time Elections Division Staff.

A manual recount occurs if the vote difference is less than 150 and less than ¼ of 1%. The total vote difference between the candidates was 1 and the percentage difference was .19% 

Four observers attended to watch the process in person.

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Contact:
Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor 
elections@co.thurston.wa.us 
360.786.5408    
711 Washington Relay 



Canvassing Board Certifies Primary Election, Schedules Recount in Yelm City Council Position No. 4 Primary Election

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Canvassing Board has certified the August 32021 Primary Election.  Final election results can be found at ThurstonVotes.org 
 
The Thurston County Canvassing Board has also scheduled a recount for the Yelm City Council Position No. 4 Primary Election. Candidates Steffen Burney and Kayla Russell finished within the range requiring a mandatory hand recount to determine which candidate will move on to the General Election ballot. A hand recount occurs if the vote difference is less than 150 and less than ¼ of 1%. 
 
The total vote difference between the candidates was 1 and the percentage difference was .19% 
 
The results prior to the recount are: 
 
City of Yelm City Council, Position No. 4 
Candidate 
Vote 
Holly Smith 
457 
Steffen Burney 
257 
Kayla Russell 
256 
Write-In 
15 
Total Votes 
985 

 
The top two candidates in the Primary advance to the General Election in November. 
 
Recount Schedule 
  • Recount preparations will begin on Thursday, August 19, at 9 a.m.  
  • The recount will start on Friday, August 20, at 9 a.m. 
  • The Thurston County Canvassing Board will meet on Friday, August 20 at 4 p.m. to certify the results of the recount. 
 
For information on how the public can view the canvassing board meeting or the recount, please see our website at https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/auditor/Pages/elections-results-schedule.aspx 
 
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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Contact:

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


Letter with Incorrect Information about Cancellation of Personalized Plates  

OLYMPIA – Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall is notifying residents about a letter incorrectly generated on August 4 by the Washington State Department of Licensing notifying vehicle owners that their personalized plates will be cancelled.    

Thousands of vehicle owners across the state are receiving these letters. These letters concern personalized plates that had been transferred to another vehicle. Vehicle owners should ignore this letter if it is dated August 4, 2021.  

“I was among the Thurston County residents that received this kind of letter from the state, and I was surprised. I knew I transferred them correctly,” Auditor Hall said. “We have heard from the Department of Licensing that they are investigating what went wrong, so they can avoid this type of error in the future.” 

Anyone with questions regarding their personalized plates can call (360) 902-3770.  

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Contact:
Mary HallThurston County Auditor 
 360.786.5408 
711 Washington Relay  



Auditor’s Office Seeks Citizens to Serve on “Against” Committee for a 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:

  • Fire Protection District 12 (Tenino), Proposition No. 1, Bonds to Construct New Fire Station 
     
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 TuesdayAugust 10 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 membersee page 8 of the Administrative Rules for Jurisdictions found under Candidates and Jurisdictions on our website at ThurstonVotes.org 

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, July 29, 2021
Contact:
360.786.5408
711 Washington Relay

Ballots and Drive-Through Voter Assistance Available for August 3 Primary Election
14.83% of Thurston County ballots have been returned in the Aug 3, 2021 Primary Election 



OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor’s Office reminds voters the deadline to return ballots for the Primary Election is Tuesday, August 3.  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 Voting Center at 2400 Evergreen Park Dr. SW, Olympia, WA 98502  
Return envelopes must be postmarked by Tuesday, August 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 Office is a designated voting center during business hours. Voters may register to vote, update their current registration, obtain a ballot, or use a voting assistance device at the Voting Center. 

  • Monday, August 2, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
  • Election Day, Tuesday, August 3, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.  
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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Contact:

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


License plate shortage will require Auditor Licensing Services and Subagents to issue paper plates


OLYMPIA – Due to a statewide license plate shortage, the Thurston County Auditor’s Office and eight licensing subagents will issue passenger vehicle licensing customers temporary paper permits. 
 
The paper permits will be good for 60 days and can be displayed the same way temporary plates are displayed when purchasing a car from a dealer. Licensing customers will also be issued tabs that they can attach to their metal plates once they are available.  
 
The shortage is only impacting passenger vehicle licensing customers. Truck, trailer and motorcycles licensing customers are not impacted. 
 
Licensing subagents are private businesses overseen by the County Auditor’s Office. They provide vehicle and vessel licensing services in communities across Thurston County. 
 
Department of Corrections (DOC) license plate production slowed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In reaction, DOC increased staffing and outsourced production to another state beginning on July 31. 
 
Despite those steps, the state Department of Licensing, which oversees vehicle and vessel licensing statewide, has not communicated when the license plate supply chain will be restored. “While we haven’t heard for certain when metal plates will be available, we hope our customers are patient while we work through this,” said Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor. 
 
“The state has instructed us to prioritize car dealership transactions for our small remaining inventory of metal plates,” Hall said. “We’ll work with customers to get them their metal plates as soon as they are available.” 
 
For more information on licensing services in Thurston County, and to find a list of subagents, go to: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/auditor/Pages/licensing-home.aspx 

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, July 19, 2021
Contact:

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


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

OLYMPIA – Below are the voter registration deadlines for the August 3, 2021 Primary Election: 

 

Monday, July 26, 2021: 

  • Last day for remote registrations and updates to existing registrations online at VoteWA.gov, by mail, or at voter registration drives, etc. Must be received by an election official not later than 4:30 p.m. 

 

TuesdayJuly 27, 2021: 

  • Updates or new registrations after Monday July 26 can be made in-person until 8 p.m. on August 3, 2021 Primary Election Day using the Thurston County Drive-thru Voter Services or Walk-in Voting Center at the Elections office at 2400 Evergreen Park Dr SW, Olympia, WA 98502. 

 

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

 

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Notice of the August 3, 2021 Primary Election

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

Participating Jurisdictions: 

Thurston County – Medic One (Proposition No. 1, Levy Lid Lift); Port of Olympia (Commissioner District No. 3); City of Olympia (Council Positions No. 2, 5, 6, 7); City of Yelm (Council Positions No. 3, 4, 7); Olympia School District No. 111 (Director Districts No. 3, 5); Rochester School District No. 401 (Director District No. 5); Fire Protection District No. 6 – East Olympia (Commissioner Position No. 2); Fire Protection District 12 (Proposition No. 1, Bonds to Construct New Fire Station); Fire Protection District No. 13 – Griffin (Proposition No. 1, Levy Lid Lift); SE Thurston Fire Authority (Proposition No. 1, Levy Lid Lift). 

Registration Deadlines: 
  • Monday, July 26, 2021: Deadline to register to vote, transfer to a new address or update current registration by mail or online. Must be received by an election official by close of day. 
  • Tuesday, August 3, 2021: 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. 
Post-Election Random Audit: Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 9:00 am at the Ballot Processing Center. This test is open to the public and ensures the tabulation system is counting ballots accurately. 

Where to register, obtain a ballot and ask for more information: 
  • Online: ThurstonVotes.org 
  • Phone: 360.786.5408 
  • In-Person: Thurston County Elections Office, 2400 Evergreen Park Dr SW, Olympia, WA 98502 
Voter Registration Forms are available at all Thurston County Timberland Libraries, city/town halls, schools, fire stations, and licensing agencies. 

Accessible Voting Assistance is available at the Thurston County Elections Office (drive-through services available), beginning July 14, M - F, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm and on Election Day, August 3, 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 Thursday, Aug 12 at 2:30 pm and Tuesday, Aug 17 at 1:00 pm. Meetings maybe convened remotely if warranted, contact our office for more information.
  
Ballot Processing Center: 2905 29th Ave SW Ste F, Tumwater, WA 98512 

Disabilities: Citizens with disabilities requiring special accommodation should contact Tillie Naputi-Pullar, 360.786.5408 or Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing: 711 Washington Relay. 
 
Dated this 14th day of July, 2021 
Mary Hall 
Thurston County Auditor 


Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Contact:
​Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor 
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us 
360.786.5408 
711 Washington Relay

Ballots Available and Ballot Drop Boxes Open for the August 3, 2021 Primary Election


OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Elections Division mailed more than 187,000 ballots to voters in Thurston County for the August 3 Primary Election.  
 
Any registered voter who thinks they should have received a ballot, but hasn't by Wednesday, July 21 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 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.
 
Ballots must be postmarked by August 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, August 3 (Election Day). 
 
Thurston County residents can register to vote, get a replacement ballot and vote using an accessibility voting device at the Voting Center located at 2400 Evergreen Park Dr. SW, Olympia, WA 98502.  This location will be open for the August Primary and November General elections. Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, voter services moved from the courthouse to the Evergreen Park location.  Drive thru voter services are available at this location.  
 
The Voting Center will be open:
  • July 14 through August 2, Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;
  • On Election Day, Tuesday, August 3, 2021, the Voting Center 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 can vote. 
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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, July 9, 2021
Contact:
Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor 
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us  
360.786.5408 
711 Washington Relay 



August 3, 2021 Primary Election Voters’ Pamphlets Mailed 
Voters can learn about candidates and local ballot measures in the primary local voters’ pamphlet

 

OLYMPIA – Beginning Friday, July 9th, the Thurston County Auditor’s Office will mail voters’ pamphlets for the August 3, 2021 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.  
 
If only two candidates filed for a position they will move on to the General Election and will not be on the primary ballot. 
 
Ballots will be mailed on July 14. 
 
For more information, visit: www.thurstonvotes.org 
 
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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, July 8, 2021
Contact:

​Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor 
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us  
360.786.5406 
711 Washington Relay 


Thurston County Auditor’s Office to Restart Passport Services

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Office will restart Passport Services by appointment on July 12, 2021. 
 
The Auditor's Office will be the only location to offer passport services during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. Three other locations currently offer passport services in Thurston County with limited hours. 
 
"We're happy we can again provide passport services in Thurston County," said Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor. "Passport demand will increase as we work our way out of the pandemic, and as we get closer to the REAL ID deadline."  
 
Beginning in May 3, 2023, non-enhanced Washington state drivers' licenses and identification cards will no longer be acceptable identification at airports for domestic air travel. Travelers will need a passport, an enhanced driver's licenses and identification cards or another federally approved identification to travel domestically on commercial aircraft.  
 
Passports are also one of the primary forms of identification used to prove U.S. citizenship when applying for an enhanced driver's licenses or enhanced identification card. 
 
Passport appointments will be available from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. To make an appointment, visit this page.
 
For more information, go here.

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Contact:
Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor  
360.786.5408 
711 Washington Relay 



Thurston County Elections Offering Observer Training ahead of August Primary Election

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Elections Office will offer training for anyone who wants to observe ballot processing during the Primary Election. The training will be held at the Ballot Processing Center on July 19, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.  
 
The observer training will cover election procedure and observer policy. This training is mandatory for observers appointed by their political party. However, the training is also open to the public. Interested parties should contact Thurston County Elections at elections@co.thurston.wa.us or by calling 360.786.5408.  
 
The Ballot Processing Center is located at:  
2905 29th Avenue SW, Suite F 
Tumwater, WA 98512 
 
For the health and safety of election workers, all visitors must wear masks at the Ballot Processing Center. Citizens with disabilities requiring special accommodation should contact Tillie Naputi-Pullar, 360.786.5408 or Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing: 711 Washington Relay.  
 
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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, June 28, 2021
Contact:

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


Auditor's Office Announces Logic & Accuracy Test ahead of the August 3 Primary Election; Seeks Observers

  
 
OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Office will conduct a Logic & Accuracy test ahead of the August 3, 2021 Primary Election. This test demonstrates the accuracy of the tabulation equipment. The Auditor's Office is  looking for volunteers to serve as observers for the Logic & Accuracy test.  
 
Logic & Accuracy test 
11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 1, 2021  
Ballot Processing Center
2905 29th Avenue SW, Suite E 
Tumwater, WA 98512 

 
Anyone can be an observer. The Logic & Accuracy test is a great way to learn more about how we ensure our elections are free, fair, safe, and secure. Observers will be able to ask questions and learn more about the election process. Call 360.786.5408 or email elections@co.thurston.wa.us if you would like to become an observer.  
 
For the health and safety of election workers, all visitors must wear masks at the Ballot Processing Center. Citizens with disabilities requiring special accommodation should contact Tillie Naputi-Pullar, 360.786.5408 or Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing:  711 Washington Relay. 
 

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

Media Advisory
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, June 21, 2021
Contact:

​Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor 
TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us 
360.786.5405 
711 Washington Relay 


Document Recording Fee Increases Begin July 26



OLYMPIA – During the 2021 legislative session, the state legislature passed HB 1277 that added a $100 surcharge on certain recorded documents to fund various housing services. 
 
Revenue generated by the new fees will fund affordable housing and homeless services. Exceptions to the surcharge include documents recording a birth, marriage, divorce, death, liens by certain local governments, and wage liens, among others. A complete list of our new fee schedule is available online at ThurstonAuditor.org 
 
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 early June at its office and by mail. 
 
State law requires the Auditor's Office to collect full fees at the time of recording. 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
 
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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

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

Ballots Mailed to Military and Overseas Voters for the August 3, 2021 Primary Election


OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Elections Division has mailed over 9,000 Primary Election ballots to military and overseas voters registered in Thurston County. Ballot envelopes must be signed and dated by Election Day or received via email or fax by 8 p.m. Pacific Time on Election Night, August 3, 2021. 

For voters not in the military or overseas, ballots will be mailed July 14.  

Races on the ballot include candidates for Port Commissioner, District 3, City of Olympia, City of Yelm, Olympia School District, Rochester School District, and Fire Protection District No. 6 – East Olympia. Measures on the ballot include Thurston County – Medic One, Fire Protection District 12, Fire Protection District No. 13 – Griffin, and S.E. Thurston Fire Authority. 

Military and overseas voters who have not received a ballot by Monday, July 26 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: Thursday, May 27, 2021
Contact:

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


Thurston County Auditor's Office Earns National Achievement Award for Pandemic Response in Elections

 
OLYMPIA – The National Association of Counties recognized the Thurston County Auditor's Office for their work to protect election workers and voters during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Achievement Award honors innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents.  
  
"We closed our doors to the public right after the March 2020 Presidential Primary election due to the pandemic, it became clear we needed a 'plan B' to conduct a successful Presidential Election," said Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor. "Ensuring access to voter services and safe ballot processing during a public health emergency took creative thinking, planning, and coordination." 
 
To ensure employee and public health was protected, the Auditor's Office: 
 
  • Partnered with a nearby community college to stand up a drive-thru voting center 
  • Made significant physical and operation changes to the county's Ballot Processing Center. 

"Over the past year, county officials and frontline employees have demonstrated bold, inspirational leadership," said Gary Moore, NACo President and Executive of Boone County, Kentucky. "This year's Achievement Award winning programs illustrate the innovative ways counties build healthy, safe and vibrant communities across America." 
 
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 26, 2021
Contact:

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


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




OLYMPIA – A special three-day filing period will be held Wednesday, June 2 through Friday, June 4 to allow citizens to run for elected office for positions without candidates. Open positions include:
  • School Board Director, Tenino School District No. 402, Director District No. 4
  • Park Commissioner, Tanglewilde Parks & Recreation, District No. 1, Positions No. 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
These positions have no filing fee. 

When to File:

  • Online:  Begins at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 2 and closes promptly at 4:00 p.m. Friday, June 4 at ThurstonVotes.org

  • By fax/email:  Begins at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 2 and closes promptly at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 4 fax 360.754.4591 or email elections@co.thurston.wa.us

  • In person/Drive-Thru: Begins at 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. daily Wednesday, June 2 through Friday, June 4  at the Auditor's Elections Office at 2400 Evergreen Park Dr SW, Olympia, WA 98502 

  • By Mail: Open now. Thurston County Auditor, 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW, Olympia, WA 98502 
All candidate filings must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 4.  
 
The order of candidates for these positions will be determined by random lot draw as required by RCW 29A.36.131. The random lot draw will be held shortly after 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 4. The drawing will be held at the Elections Office on Evergreen Park Drive and will stream live via Facebook Live. Visit facebook.com/TCAuditor.  Candidates or other interested parties are welcome to attend.  

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

Media Advisory
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Contact:

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


Candidate Order to Be Determined by Random Lot Draw

 
 
OLYMPIA – The order of candidates on the primary ballot in Thurston County will be determined by random lot draw as required by RCW 29A.36.131. The random lot draw will be held shortly after 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 21.  
 
The drawing will be held at the Elections Office and will stream live via Facebook Live. Visit facebook.com/TCAuditor 
 
The Thurston County Elections Office is located at: 
 
2400 Evergreen Park Dr SW (The old Twin Star Credit Union building) 
Olympia, WA 98502 
(map)
 
Candidates or other interested parties are welcome to attend. 
 
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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, May 14, 2021
Contact:
​Mary Hall
elections@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:

  • Thurston County, Medic One, Proposition No. 1, Levy Lid Lift
"Against" committee members are needed for:

  • Fire Protection District 12, Proposition No. 1, Bonds to Construct New Fire Station
  • Fire Protection District No. 13 (Griffin), Proposition No. 1, Levy Lid Lift
  • SE Thurston Fire Authority, 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 Friday, May 21 via email to pamphlet@co.thurston.wa.us or by calling us at 360.786.5408 to arrange dropping off forms. To learn what you must submit as a committee member, see page 8 of the Administrative Rules for Jurisdictions found under Candidates and Jurisdictions on our website at ThurstonVotes.org.

 

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Mary Hall
AUDITOR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, May 13, 2021
Contact:

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


Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall Named Washington State Auditor of the Year


OLYMPIA – Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall was named the 2020 Auditor of the Year by Secretary of State Kim Wyman. Wyman presented the award to Hall during the 2021 Washington Association of County Auditors annual meeting held earlier this week. 
 
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Thurston County Auditor's Office stood up a drive-thru Voting Center on the South Puget Sound Community College Campus. "When it became evident COVID-19 would pose significant obstacles to voter access and safety, Auditor Hall stepped up to coordinate a safe place for her staff and Thurston County voters," Wyman said. "From organizing a drive-up service, to equipping staff with necessary PPE to keep them and customers safe at all times, her team took every precaution to prepare for the influx of in-person activity." 
 
"There is no way I earned this award alone. The staff we have at the Auditor's Office are a dedicated and unique group," Hall said. "We knew we had to pivot hard at the beginning of the pandemic. They did not blink for a second." 
 
The same drive-thru model at SPSCC was later successfully used by the county public health department to deliver COVID-19 vaccines. 
 
Wyman also pointed to Hall's legislative record, which included leading the effort to secure state funding for elections and expand access to the ballot. For years, while local jurisdictions paid their elections cost, the state did not pick up their share.  
 
"Aside from her many preparations for the 2020 election, Auditor Hall remains a leader in legislative efforts related to elections and is committed to sharing with legislators and the public the painstaking work of election officials to keep our elections free, fair, and secure," Wyman said. 
 
Hall was also instrumental in passing Same Day Voter Registration, expanding Automatic Voter Registration, Pre-registration, and Universal Registration. These tools made voting in Washington State the most accessible and secure in the country. 
 
Last year, Hall was also awarded the President's Award for Outstanding Service, and Heavy Hitter Award by her fellow county auditors in recognition of her legislative efforts. 
 
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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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