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Thurston County, Washington

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How to observe the election process 

Our paramount duty is to run transparent, accessible, fair and accurate elections. We want you to vote with confidence in the security of your ballot. You are invited to observe our Ballot Processing Center where you can see how ballots are processed. As an observer, you will be able to ask us questions about what you are seeing and witness the path of the ballot’s journey firsthand. Anyone can observe the entire election process.  

Call 360.786.5408 or email if you would like to watch how your ballot is processed. 

Observers are appointed by political parties. Non-affiliated observers are also welcome, based on space and staff availability. Training is required. 

Political Party Contacts 

Thurston County Democratic Party

Thurston County Republican Party 

Observer resources 

Watch Ballot Processing Center Livestream – Livestream available during ballot processing dates for every election.

Observer manual – This document includes legal references, guidelines and other important information of observers. 

Path of the Ballot – This video explains how ballots are processed. 

Observer Training Video – This is a video of our October 2022 training for observers. This training is required for observers. We generally hold observer trainings each year. If you are interested in attending a live training, contact us or your local party.