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November 6, 2018 Special Election

Voter Registration

Register to vote online, by mail or in-person at the Thurston County Auditor's Office.

Qualifications for Registering to Vote

To register to vote you must be:

  • A citizen of the United States.
  • Residing at your current address for a minimum of 30 days before Election Day.
  • A legal resident of Washington state.
  • At least 18 years old by Election Day.

The last day to update voter registration information is October 8, 2018; new voters may register through October 29, 2018.


Ballots and Voters' Pamphlets

The Thurston County Auditor’s Elections Office will mail ballots to registered voters in the City of Tumwater for the November 6, 2018 General Election. The General Election Voter Pamphlet will arrive in homes October 10-13, 2018; ballots will be mailed October 17, 2018. Military ballots will be mailed September 21, 2018.

Any registered voter living in the City of Tumwater who does not receive a ballot by October 26, 2018, should contact the Thurston County Auditor’s Office at 360.786.5408 or elections@co.thurston.wa.us, or visit the Auditor’s Office for a replacement ballot.

Proposition No. 1 Election Fact Sheet  PDF file

Ballot Drop Box Locations

There are 27 ballot drop boxes located throughout Thurston County. Ballot boxes provide a free, secure and convenient way for you to vote and ensure we receive your ballot on time. You do not need a stamp to use a ballot drop box.

Ballot drop boxes are:

  • Open 24 hours a day during elections (Approximately 20 days prior to Election Day until 8:00 p.m. on Election Night).
  • Emptied regularly by two Elections staff members.
  • The best way to ensure submit your ballot on time.

Five ballot drop boxes are open in Tumwater and Olympia. Voters can find ballot drop box locations and addresses with their ballots and online at ThurstonVotes.org or Ballot Drop Box Locations.


Citizen Election Committees

Election regulations require the City of Tumwater to appoint members to committees for ballot measures like this initiative. Committee members are responsible for writing statements for the voters’ pamphlet related to the initiative. The City does not provide any staffing for the committees. The City solicited for and selected the following individuals to serve on "for” and “against” committees for the fireworks measure:  

FOR Committee members will advocate approval of Proposition No. 1: Erin Carrier, Joel Hanson, Pete Kmet
AGAINST Committee members will advocate rejection of  Proposition No. 2: Ed Hildreth