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  How do I get a ballot?


Thurston County has been a Vote-By-Mail county since 2005. Ballots are mailed each election to registered voters. By law, ballots must be delivered to the post office at least 18 days before the election. If you did not receive your ballot please call the Auditor's Office at (360) 786-5408.

Ballots are also available at the Auditor's Office, which is Thurston County's only Voting Center, 20 days before an election. Ballots may be obtained in person in Building One, Room 118, at the courthouse. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. You may pick up a ballot for yourself, a family member, or a registered domestic partner.

  Seasonal Resident (Snowbirds)


You can vote in Washington State even if you are away from home during an election. To ensure you receive your ballot, update your seasonal mailing address with our office. Provide the first and last days you'll receive mail at this address and we will send your ballot to that address each year between those dates.

  Are you going to be out of town and cannot receive mail?


We can send you a ballot electronically. All you need is access to the internet and be able to print your ballot to send back to our office.

  Do you need a ballot before leaving town and cannot receive one by mail or email?


If you are going to be out of the area and cannot receive mail or email 90 days before an election, we can issue a special advance ballot to you.

  Are you a college student?
Q   What address should I use to register to vote?  
A   You can use either your hometown address or the address where you are living now. Your choice depends on where you choose to claim residency.  
Q   If I keep my registration in my hometown, how do I vote while I’m away at college?  
A   Call the office in your hometown that handles voter registration and elections and tell them you want an absentee ballot. Ask if they can send you a ballot for all future elections so that you never miss an opportunity to have your voice heard.  
Q   Can I vote by email?  
A   While you cannot vote by email, we can send your ballot via email if you are out of the country or unable to receive a mail ballot in a timely manner. Some election offices do not provide an email ballot option. Again, ask your hometown elections office and find out what their rules are.  
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  2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW
Bldg. 1 Rm. 118
Olympia, WA 98502

Phone: 360.786.5408
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Tumwater, WA 98512

Phone: 360.786.5408
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Olympia, WA 98502

Phone: 360.786.5402
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2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW
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Olympia, WA 98502

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