Filing for Office
2018 Candidate filing period is May 14 - 18, 2018
Click on Offices Open for Election, in the left bar, to see which offices are open for filing and if there is a filing fee.
Filing fees, if applicable, are due at the time of filing and are not refundable.
The Declaration of Candidacy cannot be processed until the fee has been paid.
All information included on the Declaration of Candidacy is public information.
When filing, be prepared to:
1. Pay filing fee, if applicable.
a. With Visa or MasterCard only available if you file online.
b. With cash, check or money order if you file in-person.
c. With check or money order if you file by mail.
2. Provide an email address (optional).
3. Provide a campaign mailing address, phone number, and website address (optional). If you don't, your voter registration address will be published online in the list of candidates who have filed.
How to file:
Online: Available Monday, May 14, 9:00 a.m. through Friday, May 18, 4:00 p.m.
Click here to file online, online candidate filing - only available during the times listed below:
The link is available beginning 9:00 a.m. Monday, May 14, 2018
and disabled promptly at 4:00 p.m. Friday, May 18, 2018.
In Person: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. during filing week in the Auditor's office, 1820 Jefferson St., Port Townsend
By mail: The first day we can accept a declaration of candidacy by mail is April 30. The last day we can accept it is by 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 18. The Declaration of Candidacy, and filing fee, if applicable, must be in our office by 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 18th.
Jefferson County Elections, PO Box 563, Port Townsend WA 98368
Fax or Email: Beginning Monday, May 14, 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 18.
FAX: (360) 385-9228 / email: firstname.lastname@example.org. If a filing fee is required, the Declaration of Candidacy will not be processed until the fee has been received. The fee must be received by 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 18.
- The last day to withdraw your candidacy is Monday, May 21, 2018 by 4:30 p.m.
- Lot draw to determine candidate placement on the ballot will be done Monday, May 21, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. in the Auditor's Office. Candidates and media are invited to observe the process.
Partisan Office Candidates:
Appear on the Primary Election ballot no matter how many candidates file for the same office. The top-2 candidates will be on the General Election ballot.
Non-Partisan Office Candidates (PUD & Judicial):
Appear on the Primary Election ballot only if 3 or more candidates file for the same office. Only voters in District 3 may vote at the Primary Election. The top-2 candidates will be on the General Election ballot. Voters in the entire district vote at the General Election to elect the commissioner.
Committee Offices (PCO) are not listed under "Offices Open for Filing".
Positions for ALL precincts for both parties (Rep. & Dem.) are open
for filing. There is NO filing fee. Dates, times and how to file listed
above apply to filing for PCO. PCO's are elected in the Primary
election. Only contested PCO races will appear on the Primary ballot and
the candidate with the most votes is elected. Contested PCO candidates will appear in the on-line voters' guide.
Resources for Candidates
Withdrawal of Candidacy.pdf
Election Calendar - quick dates.pdf
City Political Signs.pdf
County Political Campaign Signs Along County Roads.pdf
DOT Campaign Signs.pdf
VR data order form and affidavit.pdf
Observing the Election Process.pdf
PDC Guide to reporting.pdf
Public Disclosure Commission
The Top 2 Primary (I-872)
Where do I file?
County Elections Office For:
- Legislative offices within one county
- Court of appeals positions within one county
- Superior court positions within one county
- All other LOCAL offices
Office of the Secretary of State For:
- Federal offices
- Statewide offices
- Legislative encompassing more than one county
- Judicial districts encompassing more than one county
Salaries, Filing Fees, and Terms for Elective Offices
State law provides that candidates pay a filing fee at the time they file for office. The fee is equal to one percent (1%) of the annual salary for the office sought. For example, if the office sought has an annual salary of $20,000, the filing fee would be two hundred dollars ($200). The filing fee is calculated according to the salary of the office at the time of filing.