OLYMPIA, WA – The Thurston County Auditor's Elections Division has received numerous calls in recent days regarding how and when we will count write-in votes for this General Election. State law governing write-in candidates changed recently after passage of SB6058 in the 2018 state legislative session.
Washington election officials tally write-in votes only if all of the following are true (RCW 29A.60.021):
1) The candidate files a write-in declaration;
2) The candidate pays the filing fee, if the declaration is filed less than 18 days before Election Day; and
3) The number of write-in votes exceeds the number of votes received by the candidate apparently elected.
Currently, no write-in declarations have been filed with the Thurston County Auditor's Elections Division.
For more information, the Office of the Secretary of State has an information sheet that addresses the issue in more detail.
Any voters with questions on this or any other election-related topic, should contact Thurston County Elections at 360.786.5408 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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