Mason County Elections

About Us

The Elections Department administers all elections for Mason County’s 44,000+ registered voters, including those for federal and state offices. As part of election administration, we register voters, maintain voter registration records, manage candidate filing for local offices, create and send the proper ballot for each voter, verify signatures on returned ballots and on election night tabulate ballots and release election results.

For each of these processes, we have strict security standards set by law or state rule. Our office is committed to the security and integrity of the election process.

Paddy McGuire, Auditor

Paddy McGuire was elected as Mason County Auditor in 2018. He oversees elections, manages the recording of documents and motor vehicle licensing, and is involved in county finance. Previously, McGuire served as Deputy Director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program, the Department of Defense agency charged with ensuring that Service members, their families, and citizens living overseas get to vote. McGuire had previously served as Oregon Deputy Secretary of State, implementing Vote by Mail statewide, and as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the United States Department of the Interior. McGuire has also held positions at the Bonneville Power Administration and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and several private companies involved in elections.

More about Paddy ………

McGuire is married to Vikki McGuire, who works for the Washington State Senate. They live on Harstine Island. They have a daughter who works in corporate finance in Houston. McGuire is a graduate of Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and has a certificate from the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is the lead author for “DIRECT DEMOCRACY: THE INTERNATIONAL IDEA HANDBOOK” published by the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Administration in Stockholm, Sweden. McGuire is an avid road and trail bicyclist. He is a past president of the Shelton Rotary Club and the Hamilton College Alumni Association.

The Elections Team

Fina Ormond, Susan Blankenship and Lorie Bickford

Fina Ormond, Election Manager

Fina has successfully managed the Mason County Elections Department for 15 years. She is the go-to expert for any questions about election law in Mason County. She skillfully coordinates the many moving parts of vote-by-mail elections ensuring that every election is completed accurately, fairly, transparently, and always in strict accordance with the law.

Susan Blankenship, Assistant Election Administrator

Susan has 20 years of experience in elections and is our resident voter registration and candidate-filing expert. If we need something we ask her first, she is the glue that holds our team together.

Lorie Bickford, Election Technician & Voter Outreach

The newest staff member, Lorie, brings teaching, outreach, and second language skills to the team. Se habla español aquí. She also manages our website and social media pages.