Mason County Auditor's Office Elections

2021 Candidate Filing

Below you will find information on how to file for any of the offices up for election in 2021, for which you are eligible, as well as important dates and deadlines. Mason County Elections Department accepts filings for all county and local offices, such as City of Shelton Council Members, Cemetery Commissioners, Fire Commissioners, Hospital Commissioners, Port Commissioners, School Board Directors, and Water Commissioners. To file for a state or federal office visit the Secretary of State’s website.

Click here to see: Candidates Who Have Filed and Ballot Order

How to File


Online filing for the (there is no filing open at this time) is open 24 hours a day starting (there is no filing open at this time) through the online Candidate Portal. As a registered Mason County voter, all you need is a valid email address.

If there are filing fees you will need a credit or debit card to pay online. There are no additional credit card fees if you file online.


To file in-person, complete the declaration of candidacy form and bring it to the Mason County Elections Vote Center located at 411 N 5th St., Shelton, WA (back entrance) during the filing period. Regular office hours are Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4 pm. Additional credit card fees apply if your position has a filing fee and you pay with your credit card in the office.

By Mail
To file by mail send your declaration of candidacy form and filing fee (if applicable) to:

Mason County Auditor
Elections Department
PO Box 400
Shelton, WA 98584

The completed declaration of candidacy form must be received during the filing period.

Important Dates

Candidate filing by mail beginsMonday, May 3, 2021
Candidate filing online and in-person beginsMonday, May 17, 2021 – 9 am
Candidate filing endsFriday, May 21, 2021 – 4 pm
Lot draw for order of names on the ballot – Watch via LivestreamFriday, May 21, 2021 – 4 pm
Deadline to withdraw candidacyMonday, May 24, 2021 – 4 pm
Deadline to submit candidate statement and photo for Primary ElectionFriday, May 28, 2021 – 4 pm
Special Three-day Filing PeriodWednesday, August 4, 2021 9:00 am through
Friday August 6, 2021 4:00 pm

Special Three-day Filing period candidates do not pay a filing fee, they cannot submit a biography, statement or photo and cannot withdrawal once filed.

Candidate Filing Fees

Filing fees are required only for those positions that pay a salary. The fee is 1% of the annual salary and is listed on the offices up for election page. Candidate filing fees are non-refundable, even if you withdraw your candidacy.

Lot Draw for Order of Names on the Ballot

At the close of filing, Friday, August 6th at 4 pm, names will be drawn at random to determine the order of candidate names on the general ballot. The lot draw order will only apply to the races in the special three-day filing .

The Lot Draw has been completed. Here is the list of candidates who have filed, in the order they will appear on the ballot.

Local Voters’ Pamphlet Submissions

Beginning July 2021 all counties are required to prepare and distribute a local voters’ pamphlet for all elections. Be sure to read the guidelines and deadlines in order to take advantage of this resource to get your name and information in front of county voters.

Withdrawal of Candidacy

The deadline to withdraw a candidacy is May 24th, 2021 at 4 pm. A candidate must complete the withdrawal form and return it in person, by email, or by fax. You can print the withdrawal form or pick one up at the Vote Center.