For Candidates

2023 Candidate Filing Period : May 15-19, 2023

2023 Candidate Filing Period Calendar 
May 1First day to receive declarations by mail
May 15Candidate Filing Opens 8:30 am
May 19Final day for candidates to file by 4:30 pm
May 22Last day for candidates to withdrawal by 4:30 pm 
May 22Candidate Lot Draw at 10:00 am
May 26Deadline to submit a candidate statement and photo 4:30 pm

2023 Candidate Filing Resources

2023 Guide for Candidates (PDF) Current Precinct Map 
2023 Jefferson County Offices Open for Election (PDF)2023 Election Calendar - Quick Dates 
2023 Certificate of Lot Draw *Available 5/22/2023 after 10:30AM*No Electioneering
Quick Links 
Observing the Election Process 
Candidate Filing Portal The Top 2 Primary
Offices Open for Election
Campaign Regulation
Candidates Who Have Filed Political advertising, financial regulations, and reporting:
Declaration of Candidacy (PDF)
Precinct Committee Officer (PCO) Declaration of Candidacy (PDF)Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT): Political Signs on State Highways
Withdrawal Form (PDF)Jefferson County Public Works: Political Campaign Signs on County Roads
Write-in Declaration of Candidacy (PDF)City of Port Townsend: Political Campaign Signage
Filing Fee Petition Template (PDF)
Filing Fee Petition Template (Word Doc.)
Filing Fee Petition Template Instructions
  • All Declarations of Candidacy must be received before the close of business on the last day of the filing period. Declarations of candidacy received after this date, regardless of the postmark, are invalid. 
  • The filing fee in nonrefundable even in the event of a withdrawal. 
All candidates are encouraged to file a Declaration of Candidacy online. For help, please contact your filing office, 
Jefferson County Elections. Assistance is available Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

Online Candidate Filing: 

Click here to file online: The online candidate filing portal will only be available from Monday, May 15th at 9:00 am until Friday, May 19th at 4:00 pm. 

  • You must submit before 4:00 pm sharp on Friday, May 19. The portal will stop receiving declarations at that time.
  • Mobile devices are not recommended.
  • Payment must accompany the declaration before an election official can process it.
  • Please allow 24-48 hours for candidacy approval. You will receive a confirmation email to the candidate email address.

Requirements to file online:
  • Be registered to vote in the district for which you are filing.
  • Pay with Visa, Mastercard, or American Express.
  • Provide a valid email address. 
  • Submit by 4:00 pm on Friday.

By Mail or In Person Candidate Filing: 

When filing by mail, you may mail your declaration and filing fee to:

Jefferson County Elections

PO Box 563

Port Townsend WA 98368

When filing in-person, please visit us at:

The Jefferson County Auditor's Office 

1820 Jefferson Street

Port Townsend WA 98368

Questions? Call (360)385-9119 or (360)385-9117. Assistance is available Monday- Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.