OLYMPIA — Secretary of State Steve Hobbs has received the Washington Library Association's Honorary Membership Award for his advocacy of libraries across the state.

The Washington Library Association’s Merit Awards offer the opportunity to recognize and highlight the outstanding work ongoing in Washington libraries. The Honorary Membership Award, presented to Secretary Hobbs at a 9:30 a.m. meeting Feb. 14, is awarded to individuals who demonstrate consistent and prolonged support of library service in Washington, promote legislative action, or participate in statewide… Read more


OLYMPIA — Ballot boxes in all 39 counties will open Friday, Feb. 23, for the March 12 Presidential Primary election. Vote-by-mail ballots are being sent to the state’s 4.8 million active voters, who may return their ballots to county drop boxes or by mail using the postage-paid envelopes included with each ballot.

“Every eligible voter in Washington can participate in this critical step toward picking the next president,” Secretary of State Steve Hobbs said. “The choice we’ll make in November comes from the selections made in the primary process. I encourage voters statewide to… Read more


OLYMPIA — State and federal experts will address election integrity concerns at a panel discussion Friday hosted by the Office of the Secretary of State and the Thomas S. Foley Institute of Washington State University.

The event will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the ABC conference room on the first floor of the John A. Cherberg building on the Capitol Campus in Olympia. Speakers will focus on recent election challenges and necessary steps to reassure the public that elections are secure and fairly administered.

Secretary of State Steve Hobbs will… Read more


OLYMPIA — For the first time in nine years, Washington’s Medals of Merit and Valor will be awarded Wednesday at a ceremony in the state Legislative Building.

The Medal of Merit recognizes exceptional individuals who perform outstanding services for Washington and its residents. The Medal of Valor is awarded to anyone who has saved, or attempted to save, the life of another at the risk of their own safety and is not acting in the course of duty as a Washington police officer, firefighter, or other government-employed first responder.

This year, Secretary… Read more


OLYMPIA — Former Assistant Secretary of State Steve Excell, who served as the Washington State Archivist for nearly a decade and was chief of staff to former Governor John Spellman, died Wednesday at age 74.

“My thoughts are with Steve’s loved ones,” Secretary of State Steve Hobbs said. “His legacy of public service and dedication to preserving Washington’s history will reverberate for generations.”

Excell, who retired from the Office of Secretary of State in 2021, was a champion of the pioneering Read more


The Office of the Secretary of State (OSOS) will be represented at Emerald City Comic Con. To join in the festivities and fun, head to booth 11012 to learn more about how our office supports communities statewide… Read more


OLYMPIA — K-12 students across the state can now participate in the 2024 Student Mock Election presented by the Office of the Secretary of State.

The Student Mock Election is a non-partisan, educational event that teaches children to be informed voters. Through the March 12 Presidential Primary, K-12 students in Washington state are welcome to participate by informing the major political parties who they think should be nominated for president.

“This is an… Read more

Local government agencies are invited to apply for records management grants of up to $50,000 The deadline is Friday, March 1

OLYMPIA — State funding is now available to help local governments improve their records storage through the Washington State Archives’ Local Records Grant Program.

The Local Records Grant Program helps local government agencies upgrade technological resources for records management and better respond to requests for public records. Since its inception in 2005, the program has awarded more than $4.5 million to hundreds of agencies,… Read more


OLYMPIA — Elections offices in 36 Washington counties have distributed ballots to voters who are eligible to participate in the 2024 February Special Election.

Approximately 45.5% of the state’s 4.8 million registered voters can participate in this election, with 239 local measures to be decided including school bonds and levies, hospital districts, and fire district measures. Every Washington county has at least one jurisdiction participating in the February Special Election except for Asotin, Garfield, and Skamania counties.

Ballots must be returned to… Read more


OLYMPIA — Secretary of State Steve Hobbs delivered official notification to the Legislature Thursday that signature verification has been completed and certified for the following Initiative to the Legislature:

Initiative to the Legislature no. 2124 concerning state long term care insurance.

The signatures on six Initiatives to the Legislature for the 2024 legislative session have been verified by the Office of the Secretary of State… Read more

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