Candidate filing period and online candidate filing begins May 17

The offices open for candidate filing this year include judicial positions, city and town council positions including mayoral races, school district director positions as well as commissioner positions for fire, cemetery, sewer, port, and park districts

VANCOUVER — The filing period for citizens wishing to become candidates for elective office is rapidly approaching. Candidates are strongly encouraged to file their declaration online. The online period to file a declaration of candidacy will be available at clark.wa.gov/elections beginning at 9 a.m., Mon., May 17 through 4 p.m. Fri., May 21. 

This year’s primary will be held on Tue., Aug. 3. The general election will be held on Tue., Nov. 2. File photo
This year’s primary will be held on Tue., Aug. 3. The general election will be held on Tue., Nov. 2. File photo

To file online as a candidate, a citizen must have a valid email address and be registered to vote in the jurisdiction for which they are filing. Candidates will also be able to pay any applicable filing fees online using a valid Visa, MasterCard, or American Express credit card. Mobile devices are not recommended. For best results use Chrome. 

The in-person period to file a declaration of candidacy will begin at 8 a.m., Mon., May 17 through 5 p.m., Fri., May 21. Physical distancing requirements will be adhered to, with a limited number of candidates allowed at a time. Candidates wishing to file for office in person can do so at the Clark County Elections Department, 1408 Franklin Street, Vancouver. Credit cards are not accepted for payment when filing in person. 

The offices open for candidate filing this year include judicial positions, city and town council positions including mayoral races, school district director positions as well as commissioner positions for fire, cemetery, sewer, port, and park districts. 

To determine if you meet all the qualifications for an elective office, please refer to the “2021 Candidate Guide and Local Voters’ Pamphlet Specifications” that can be found on the Clark County Elections Department website at clark.wa.gov/elections. 

This year’s primary will be held on Tue., Aug. 3. The general election will be held on Tue., Nov. 2. On Fri., May 21, at approximately 5:30 p.m., a public lot drawing will be conducted to determine ballot order for each race. This public drawing will be held at 1408 Franklin Street and may be witnessed by the news media, the public and by any candidate. Results of the lot draw will also be posted on our website. 

If you have further questions, you can contact the Clark County Elections Office by calling (564) 397-2345, by email at elections@clark.wa.gov or by visiting the office at 1408 Franklin Street, Vancouver.

Information provided by Clark County Elections Department.

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