Candidates seeking elected office this year will need to file their candidacy with the Clark County Elections Department next week.
Declarations of candidacy will be accepted by the office starting 9 a.m. Monday and concluding 4 p.m. May 21. The paperwork can be found at clark.wa.gov/elections.
To file online as a candidate, a citizen must have a valid email address and be registered to vote in the jurisdiction. Fees can be paid with a Visa, MasterCard, or American Express credit card. According to the elections department, accessing the website with a cellphone or mobile device isn’t recommended.
Candidates can also file in person at 1408 Franklin St. in Vancouver between 8 a.m. Monday and 5 p.m. Friday. Due to social distancing regulations, only a limited number of candidates will be permitted in the office at a time. In-person filers cannot use credit cards.
Several seats at the county and municipal level are up for election this year, as well as multiple judicial positions and spots on several boards and commissions.
To read the qualifications for an elective office, refer to the “2021 Candidate Guide and Local Voters’ Pamphlet Specifications” on the Clark County Elections Department website.
At approximately 5:30 p.m. on May 21, the elections office will hold a drawing to determine ballot order for each race. This event is public and will be held at 1408 Franklin St., with results also posted to the department’s website.
The primary election will be held Aug. 2 and the general election will be held Nov. 2.