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
|Candidate filing by mail begins||Monday, May 3, 2021|
|Candidate filing online and in-person begins||Monday, May 17, 2021 – 9 am|
|Candidate filing ends||Friday, May 21, 2021 – 4 pm|
|Lot draw for order of names on the ballot – Watch via Livestream||Friday, May 21, 2021 – 4 pm|
|Deadline to withdraw candidacy||Monday, May 24, 2021 – 4 pm|
|Deadline to submit candidate statement and photo for Primary Election||Friday, May 28, 2021 – 4 pm|
|Special Three-day Filing Period||Wednesday, 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.