For Candidates

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.  
 
2018 Declaration of Candidacy Form.pdf 
 
2018 PCO Declaration of Candidacy.pdf  for Precinct Committee Officer (PCO) candidates ONLY. All other candidates use the regular Declaration of Candidacy above.  

  • 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.

  • With Visa or Master Card - only available if you file online.
  • With cash, check or money order if you file in-person.
  • 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 16,4:00 p.m.                                                                               Click here to file online, only available during the times listed above.
The link to file online is 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 located at 1820 Jefferson St, Port Townsend.   By Mail: Jefferson County Elections, PO Box 563, Port Townsend WA 98368. The first day we can accept a Declaration of Candidacy by mail is April 30th. 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 18.
Fax 360.385.9228 or Email bettyj@co.jefferson.wa.us: Beginning Monday, May 14, 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 18. 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. Withdrawal of Candidacy.pdf
A 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.

PCO Candidates:  

Precinct 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:

Election Calendar - quick dates

City Political Signs

County Political Signs

State Campaign Signs

Voter Registration data order form and affidavit

Observing the Election Process

Candidate Statements - guidelines for candidates

PDC Guide to reporting

Public Disclosure Commission (PDC)

The Top 2 Primary (I-872)