2019 Filing Week is May 13 - 17

2019 Election Guide for Candidates is a must read if you are planning to run for office or are responsible for a campaign. Learn about filing for office, submitting a voters' pamphlet statement, residency requirements, and much more. 

2019 Open Offices (Not final, subject to change)

A lot draw to determine the order candidates will appear on the ballot occurs after the close of filing on Friday, May 17, 2019. The process is open to the public and begins after the candidate filings have been proofed for accuracy. (Approximately 4:45 PM)
  1. Filing for Office
  2. Voters' Pamphlet
  3. Additional Resources

File Online - Monday May 13 at 9 AM - Friday, May 17 4 PM (Link will be available here during filing week.)

File In PersonMay 13 at 8:30 AM - Friday, May 17 4:30 PM using a computer kiosk at the Pierce County Election Center, 2501 S 35th Street, Suite C, Tacoma, WA 98409

PC or laptop use recommended for online filing. Read all information under the Voters' Pamphlet tab above before filing for office.

Need help filing for office? (253) 798-VOTE (8683)

Be prepared to: 

  • Pay filing fee online with Visa, MasterCard, or American Express or pay by cash or check. Your name will not appear on any official list as a candidate for office until your filing is approved and your filing fee is paid.
  • Provide an email address.
  • Use a campaign mailing address, phone number, and website address when you file for office. If you don't, your voter registration address will be published online in the list of candidates who have filed.
  • Submit your voters' pamphlet information online when you file for office. A link will be emailed if you choose to submit later. Deadline to submit voters' pamphlet information is 4:30 PM, May 24. (Must be submitted online.) 
The offices listed below file for office through Pierce County:
  • Port of Tacoma Commissioners
  • City and Town Mayors and Council Members
  • School District Directors
  • Fire Protection District Commissioners
  • Park and Recreation District Commissioners
  • Water District Commissioners
  • Sewer District Commissioners

The offices listed below file for office through:

King County
  • City of Auburn, City of Pacific, Auburn SD No. 408 (Included in both Pierce and King County pamphlets. See King County for King County pamphlet requirements.)
Thurston County
  • Yelm Community Schools (Included in both Pierce and Thurston County pamphlets. See Thurston County for Thurston County pamphlet requirements.)