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Candidate Forms Return to top

Online Candidate Filing
 

Grant County is pleased and excited to offer online candidate filing. 
 

Features and benefits:

  • Itís quick! Itís easy!

  • Can be done from your home or anywhere.

  • No standing in line.

  • You enter the data, so you know itís right.

  • Candidates will receive an email should someone file against you.

  • Candidates will have the choice to submit their candidate statements and photos online. 

To submit a Declaration of Candidacy online, the following is required:

  • You must be a registered voter in the district for which you are filing.

  • You must have a valid email address.

  • In order to complete your online filing, if there is a filing fee, you must either pay by credit card or come into the Auditorís office to pay by the close of filing at 5 PM on Friday, May 17, 2019.

CANDIDATE FILING FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.  It is your responsibility to submit your online filing correctly.
 

Please make sure you:

  • Read all instructions very carefully.

  • File before the deadlines:  online filing begins at 9:00 am on Monday, May 13, 2019, and closes at 4:00 pm on Friday, May 17, 2019.  If you choose not to use this online option, you may file at our office between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

If you need assistance or have any questions, contact the Grant County Auditorís Office.     
 

Online filing is currently closed.

 

Nonpartisan Elections Return to top

Under the Washington State Constitution (Art. 4, Sec. 29) and state statute (RCW 29A.36.171), elections for nonpartisan offices are conducted in a different manner than the nominating/elections process used for partisan offices. The following is an overview of the rules that apply to elections for nonpartisan state and judicial offices.

Statewide Offices
The only nonpartisan statewide (executive branch) elective office in Washington is Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Superintendent of Public Instruction
All candidates for Superintendent of Public Instruction appear on the Primary ballot. If any candidate receives more than 50% of the vote for that position in the Primary, he or she goes on the General Election ballot alone. If no candidate receives a majority, the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes go on the General Election ballot.

State Judicial Offices
All elective judicial offices in Washington are nonpartisan.

Justice of the State Supreme Court
All candidates for Supreme Court Justice appear on the Primary ballot. If any candidate receives more than 50% of the vote for that position in the Primary, he or she goes on the General Election ballot alone. If no candidate receives a majority, the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes go on the General Election ballot.

State Court of Appeals Judge
The same rules apply to Court of Appeals Judge as apply to Supreme Court Justice.

Superior Court Judge
 

  • When there are two or more candidates for a Superior Court Judge position and one candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, that candidate is elected in the Primary and does not appear on the General Election ballot (provided no write-in candidate submits a petition of 100 valid signatures within ten days after the Primary). When there are more than two candidates in the Primary and no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes go on the General Election ballot.

  • If there is only one candidate for Superior Court Judge, the rules differ depending on the population of the county:

    Less than 100,000 residents:
    The candidate appears on both the Primary and the General Election ballot.

    More than 100,000 residents:*
    If no other person has filed for the position by the end of the candidate withdrawal period, the candidate is automatically issued a certificate of election and does not appear on either the Primary or General Election ballot.

    *Benton, Clark, King, Kitsap, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish, Spokane, Thurston, Whatcom, and Yakima (Office of Financial Management Population Report - April 1, 2005)

Guidelines for Registering a Person to Vote Return to top
 

When registering a person to vote, you must:

  • Treat every person the same and ask each person the same questions.

  • Have the voter read and sign the oath.

  • Advise the voter if the deadline for voting in the next election has passed.

  • Not ask intimidating question regarding such issues as race, creed, religion, color, national origin, gender, disability or political affiliation (RCW 29A.04.205).

To prevent disenfranchisement of voters, completed forms must be returned to the Office of Secretary of State or County Auditor's Office within five days. (In King County, return them to the Records, Elections and Licensing Division.) They must be returned immediately if the 30-day voter registration deadline before an election has passed. Unused forms should be returned to the office from which they were issued.


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