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A machine sorts ballots for the presidential primary by precinct last February at Thurston County’s ballot processing center. 

Filing week for candidates seeking public office will start Monday, May 11, and will end on Friday, May 15.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Thurston County Auditor’s Office will remain closed to the public but will offer filing services online, the department said in a press release on Thursday.

All paperwork for candidacy must be completed and filed with the Auditor’s Office or Secretary of State by 4:30 p.m. on May 15. Candidates with questions can contact the Auditor’s Office and set up an appointment.

There are a few different ways candidates can file their candidacy. The Auditor’s Office recommends filing online at www.votewa.gov. Candidates for state office can also register online at the Secretary of State’s office website, www.sos.wa.gov.

Candidates can also fill out their declaration of candidacy and deposit the form, as well as a check payment, at the county courthouse drop box, or mail it to Thurston County Elections at 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SE, Olympia, Washington.

Information on filing fees, open offices and important dates can be found at www.thurstonvotes.com.

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