Thurston Conservation District Elections FAQs


  • Why is your election different than normal county elections? Our Elections processes are dictated by our governing law (RCW Chapter 89.08) and the procedures established by the Washington State Conservation Commission:

“When created in 1939, the Commission was also given the responsibility for establishing District election procedures. “The Commission shall establish procedures for elections, canvass the returns and announce the official results thereof.” RCW Chapter 89.08.190. Because District election authority resides in RCW Chapter 89.08, this sets them apart from other divisions of government whose elections are governed by RCW Chapter 29A. District elections do not fall under the state statute for general elections (Title 29A RCW) unless specifically identified in the Conservation Commission statute. In fact, RCW 29A.04.330(1)(b) specifically exempts conservation districts from general and special elections requirements, relying instead of election procedures established by the Conservation Commission.”

If you have concerns or feedback, the Commission has a feedback form on their website

  • During an election, can I get my ballot from the Auditor’s Office? No. You can request your ballot from Thurston CD. Thurston CD hires 2 temporary staff trained by the Thurston County Auditor who are handling all ballot requests and will serve as polling officers. No permanent Thurston CD staff will be handling ballots at any point.
  • During an election, how do I return my ballot? You can return it directly to the secure Thurston CD elections ballot drop box Monday-Friday, between 8 am and 4:30 pm OR by mail (2918 Ferguson St SW Suite A, Tumwater, WA 98512). All ballots must be postmarked or returned by the day of the election. Postage is provided on all ballots.
  • How do you ensure security in your election? TCD hires temporary election-specific staff trained by the Thurston County Auditor’s office to ensure their ability to administer a secure election. These staff receive absentee requests, fulfill those requests, and process returned ballots. These staff also serve as polling officers during the election. No permanent TCD staff handle or count ballots to ensure security. Members of the public are invited to join us as public observers of the polling process and ballot counting if they so choose.
  • When will the results of the election be announced? Preliminary election results for the 2022 election were posted on March 25, 2022. TJ Johnson was named as the preliminary election winner.
    Election results are certified by the Washington State Conservation Commission at their May meeting and are then considered finalized.

Additional Questions? Contact the Election Supervisor

Nora Carman-White
Communications & Education Manager
Election Supervisor