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Thurston County, Washington


May 15 - 19, 2023


When to File 

Online filing:

  • Begins at 9:00 a.m. Monday, May 15 
  • Closes promptly at 4:00 p.m. Friday, May 19 

In-person and drive-thru filing:

Begins at 8:00 a.m. Monday, May 15 and ends Friday, May 19 at 4:30 p.m.

  • 2400 Evergreen Park Drive SW
    Olympia, WA 98502

By fax or email: 

By mail:

  • Beginning Monday, May 1
  • Must be received in the Auditor's Office and filing fee paid by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 19 
    Mailing Address:
    Thurston County Elections
    2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
    Olympia, WA 98502

Download Declaration of Candidacy Form: 

​Benefits of Online Filing

Email notifications:

  • ​​When filing is approved
  • If another candidate files for the same position
  • Whether candidate participates in the Primary or General Election
  • Link to upload your voters' pamphlet statement and photo


Make sure you:​ 

  • Read all instructions carefully
  • Pay your filing fee or have petition submitted before May 19 deadline
  • File before the deadlines:
    • Online filing closes promptly at 4:00 p.m. Friday, May 19
    • In person filing closes promptly at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 19
    • Mailed filings must be in our office by 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 19

Contact our office at 360.786.5408 or Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing: 711 Washington Relay

*All information provided is public record.

​Candidate Ballot Order

The order of candidates on the Primary ballot or candidates moving directly to the General 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 19.  

The Thurston County Elections Office is located at: 

2400 Evergreen Park Drive SW (The old Twin Star Credit Union building) 
Olympia, WA 98502 

Candidates or other interested parties are welcome to attend. 

For candidates on the Primary ballot, ballot order during the November General Election is determined by results of the Primary. The candidate with the most votes in the Primary is listed first.

Precinct Committee Officer (PCO) 

This office is not included in the Local Voters' Pamphlet.

If a Future Voter will be 18 by the day of an August Primary in even years, they can file to be a PCO during normal filing week.  Anyone who is a registered voter may file for PCO. A candidate must file a Precinct Committee Officer Declaration of Candidacy form. Since voters do not register by political party in Washington, a candidate declares themselves to be a member of a political party at the time of filing. 

PCO declaration of candidacy

Precinct Committee Officers are elected during even years at the August Primary Election. 
Since write-in candidates are not allowed for PCO races, if only one person files for office, they are deemed elected. If no one files for office, the position can be filled by the political party.