Remember to vote in the August 6 Primary Election

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Remember to vote in the August 6 Primary Election

Ballots for the August 6, 2019 Primary Election have been sent to registered voters and must be mailed or dropped off in postage-free ballot drop boxes by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.

The Thurston County Auditor’s Office mailed local ballots to registered voters on July 17. All Washington state elections are vote-by-mail.

Ballot drop boxes are open 24 hours daily and will continue to accept ballots until 8 p.m. on Election Day. For a list of drop box locations in the Olympia School District, visit the Thurston County Auditor’s Office website.

There are three candidates vying for the District 1 seat on the Olympia School Board in the August 6, 2019 Primary Election. The top two vote-getters in this Primary Election will advance to the November 5 General Election.

The three candidates vying for the District 1 position are Ahniwa Ferrari, Maria Flores and Heath Howerton. The seat was held by former Director Frank Wilson, who did not file for re-election and recently resigned from the board.

There are two other board seats that will be on the November General Election ballot. The candidates for both of those seats are running unopposed. Justin McKaughan is vying for the District 2 seat that will be vacated by Director Joellen Wilhelm, and Hilary Seidel is running for re-election to the District 4 position, which she has held the past two years.

Replacement ballots are available at the Thurston County Auditor’s Office, located at 2000 Lakeridge Dr. S.W., Building 1, Room 118 in Olympia. Voters may also contact the Auditor’s Office at (360) 786-5408 or [email protected].

Additionally, Washington state is implementing Same Day Voter Registration beginning with the August 6 Primary Election. You may register to vote in person and update your voter registration address up to 8 p.m. on Election Day. In person voter registration is done at the Thurston County Elections Division, 2000 Lakeridge Dr. S.W., Bldg. 1, Rm. 118 in Olympia.

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.


For more information, or to learn about items that will be included on the ballot, read the Thurston County Voters Pamphlet.