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Thurston County, Washington

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Special Three-Day Filing Period

Special three-day filing period will be Wednesday, May 24 through Friday, May 26, 2023.

  • Mail: Accepting now, must be in our office by Friday, May 26 at 4:30 pm.
  • Online: Beginning Wednesday, May 24 at 8:00 am through Friday, May 26 at 4:30 pm.
  • In person: Beginning Wednesday, May 24 at 8:00 am through Friday, May 26 at 4:30 pm.

Offices open for the Special Three-Day Filing Period are:

  • Town Council, Town of Bucoda, Position No. 4 
  • City Council, City of Tenino, Position No. 5 
  • Fire Commissioner, West Thurston Regional Fire District - Littlerock, Position No. 2 
  • Park Commissioner, Tanglewilde Parks & Recreation, District 1, Positions No. 2, 3, and 4 

Special 3 Day filings 05262023.pdf

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 at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 19.

  • 2400 Evergreen Park Dr. SW
    Olympia, WA 98502

By fax or email: 

By mail:

  • Beginning Monday, May 1
  • Must be received in the Thurston County Auditor's Elections 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. Filing fees are non-refundable.
  • 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.