Mason County Elections

2021 Candidate Filing

Below you will find important filing dates and information on how to file for any of the offices up for election in 2021 for which you are eligible. Mason County Elections Department accepts filings for all county and local offices, such as City of Shelton Council Members, Cemetery Commissions, 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.

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

How to File


Online filing is open 24 hours a day starting May 17th at 9am and ending on May 21st at 4 pm, through the online Voter 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). Office hours for filing 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

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

At the close of filing, Friday, May 21st at 4 pm, names will be drawn at random to determine the order of candidate names on the primary ballot. The lot draw order will apply to all races. You can watch the Lot Draw Livestream which will begin shortly after 4 pm.

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.