The auditor is responsible for administering all federal, state, and county, city/town or school, hospital, fire, cemetery, water, sewer, port, park and recreation and public utility districts elections.  In addition to the annual primary and general election, there can also be two special elections in February and April.  

Washington State is completely a “Vote by Mail” State.  All ballots are now mailed to voters.  There is much that goes into preparing and running an election. In correlation with election duties, the auditor is in charge of:

  • accepting local declarations of candidacy and resolutions
  • preparing ballots for printing and mailing
  • programming and testing voting and ballot tabulating systems
  • providing for public notices
  • tabulation of ballots
  • publication of official election returns
  • apportioning to State, City, County, and Town and Districts their share of election expenses.

The auditor chairs the county canvassing board, which also includes the prosecuting attorney and the chair of the county legislative board.  This board verifies the results from the ballots received

Voter Registration

The auditor, as supervisor of elections, is the chief registrar of voters within the county. It is the auditor’s responsibility to close voter registration in accordance with state law, prior to each election, and to publish requisite legal notice of such impending closures.

Auditor - Thad Duvall

Elections Office

P.O. Box 853
213 S. Rainier Street
Waterville, WA 98858

(509) 888-6403
(509) 888-6402

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