Information for Candidates
Online Candidate Filing
Online filing is currently closed.
Features & Benefits
- Can be done from your home or anywhere
- Candidates will have the choice to submit their candidate statements and photos online
- Candidates will receive an email should someone file against you
- It's quick and easy
- No standing in line
- You enter the data, so you know it's right
Candidate filing fees are non-refundable. It is your responsibility to submit your online filing correctly.
- In order to complete your online filing, if there is a filing fee, you must either pay by credit card or come into the Auditor's office to pay by the close of filing at 5 pm on Friday, May 21, 2021
- You must be a registered voter in the district for which you are filing
- You must have a valid email address
- File before the deadlines: online filing begins at 9 am on Monday, May 17, 2021, and closes at 4 pm on Friday, May 21, 2021; if you choose not to use this online option, you may file at our office
- Read all instructions very carefully
If you need assistance or have any questions, contact the Grant County Auditor's Office.
Under the Washington State Constitution (Article 4, Section 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 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
Guidelines for Registering a Person to Vote
When registering a person to vote, you must:
- Advise the voter if the deadline for voting in the next election has passed
- Have the voter read and sign the oath
- Not ask intimidating question regarding such issues as race, creed, religion, color, national origin, gender, disability or political affiliation (RCW 29A.04.205)
- Treat every person the same and ask each person the same questions
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.