• 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).
  • 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 on March 26, 2019. All absentee ballots must be postmarked or returned by the day of the election. Postage is provided on all ballots.
  • There’s only one name on the ballot, should I still vote? We always encourage registered voters within the Thurston Conservation District boundaries to participate in our local elections. A write-in line is provided to express a different opinion, but no write-in candidates filed to become eligible candidates in the 2019 election.
  • There are three vacancies on your Board, how are they all being filled? Elected position #2 is being filled via the election process taking place on March 26, 2019 and the results will be certified by the WSCC in May 2019. Elected position #3 has a mid-term vacancy and will be filled via an application and appointment process by our Board of Supervisors– applications are due March 28, 2019 Appointed position #2 will be filled via and application and appointment process by the Washington State Conservation Commission– applications are due to the WSCC by March 31st. Details about all of these processes are on our website.
  • When will the results of the election be announced? Preliminary election results will be shared on the Thurston CD website in the first week of April. Election results will be certified by the Washington State Conservation Commission at their May meeting.