• 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.” Please check out this flyer for more details. If you have concerns or feedback, the Commission has a feedback form on their website http://scc.wa.gov/elections-and-appointments/
  • Can I get my ballot from the Conservation District? No, we have an agreement with the Thurston County Auditor. They produce and process all our ballots. You can request one in person or over the phone (360-786-5408 or at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia, WA 98502) or download your ballot at https://thurstoncounty.everyonecounts.com/app/9617/21921.
  • Do I really need to put my downloaded ballot in 2 envelopes? Yes, our election rules require that all absentee ballots need to be sealed in two envelopes. Please read all instructions carefully.
  • Can I print more than one ballot? Each voter who submits a ballot must request their own ballot and may only submit one ballot.
  • I couldn’t print my downloaded ballot, can I request another one from the Auditor? Yes, please let the Auditor’s Office know and they will void your first ballot request.
  • How do I turn in my absentee ballot? You can return it directly to the Auditor’s Office in person or by mail (2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia, WA 98502), in the ballot dropbox at the Thurston County Courthouse, or at the poll-site election. All absentee ballots must be postmarked or returned by the day of the election.
  • I voted before knowing some candidates had withdrawn, can I vote again? No, each registered voter may only vote once.