OLYMPIA — More than 50 libraries across the state will receive a Dungeon & Dragons library box set, and many will also receive up to $2,000 to bring tabletop role-playing games to patrons, through a grant program administered by the Washington State Library, a division of the Office of Secretary of State. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Dungeons & Dragons is a tabletop game in which players can immerse themselves in the world and characters of their creation,… Read more


OLYMPIA — The Office of the Secretary of State certified candidates for Washington’s August 6 Primary election Tuesday in the Legislative Building. More than 1,000 people filed as candidates for federal, state, judicial, legislative, county, and other offices online, by mail, and in person. Candidates were certified for distribution to county elections offices by Assistant Secretary of State Kevin McMahan.

Individual offices which drew the most candidate filings include the Washington state governor, with 28, and Charter Review Commission — District No. 2 in Whatcom County… Read more


OLYMPIA — Two of the three people who filed to run for governor under the name Bob Ferguson withdrew from the race before Monday’s deadline. Bob Ferguson, who is currently serving as the state’s attorney general, will remain on the ballot in position 11 of a field of 28 candidates.

Under Washington’s top-two primary system, each voter will get to choose from among the complete field on the ballot. Irrespective of political party, the two candidates with the largest vote totals for each position will appear on the November 5 General Election ballot.

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OLYMPIA — The opportunity to become a candidate for office during Washington’s 2024 elections opened Monday. During candidate filing week, candidacies can be declared until 5 p.m. Friday, May 10, for any of the more than 400 federal, state, judicial, legislative, county, and other offices scheduled for 2024 elections.

Candidates are encouraged to file online, if possible, but may register… Read more


OLYMPIA — Interested in running for public office in Washington? The opportunity to formally declare candidacy for the 2024 elections opens May 6 at 8 a.m. online and at elections offices across the state. Mailed declarations are being accepted now and must be received with payment no later than 5 p.m. on May 10, when filing week ends.

During the May 6-10 filing period, candidacies can be declared for more than 400 federal, state, judicial, legislative, county, and other offices scheduled for 2024 elections. All statewide Executive offices, all Congressional seats, a U.S.… Read more


OLYMPIA — The Office of the Secretary of State is now accepting nominations for Washington’s Medals of Merit and Valor. Nominations for both awards can be made until September 20.

The Medal of Merit recognizes people 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.

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OLYMPIA — Washington Presidential Primary election results certified Friday by Secretary of State Steve Hobbs show the second-most votes counted of any Presidential Primary in Washington history.

More than 1.7 million Washingtonians participated in the Presidential Primary, a 35.3% turnout of the state’s 4.8 million registered voters. In 2020, nearly 2.3 million voters — a record 49.6% turnout — participated in that year’s Presidential Primary. Washington’s previous highest number of Presidential Primary voters was 1.3 million in 2000.

“We had a sizable… Read more


OLYMPIA — Secretary Steve Hobbs praised Governor Jay Inslee and the Legislature Wednesday for enacting new laws requested and supported by Secretary Hobbs to strengthen elections across Washington state.

“Thanks to our lawmakers and Governor Inslee, my office’s elections staff and our election partners in all 39 counties have stronger protections,” Secretary Hobbs said. “A lot of determined and careful work took place in this year’s short legislative session, and our state’s voters are better off for it.”

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OLYMPIA—During the 2024 legislative session, the Legislature approved several bills and $33.3 million in funding requested by Secretary of State Steve Hobbs that will enhance the integrity of Washington elections and improve support for charities and libraries statewide.

“These bills and critical funding will go a long way toward reducing barriers to voter registration, enhancing election security, and supporting libraries and other key services,” Secretary Hobbs said. “I thank the Legislature for their strong support of these important efforts.”

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OLYMPIA — The Productivity Board will meet from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, March 11, in the conference room of the Office of the Secretary of State in the Legislative Building at the Capitol Campus in Olympia.

This is the first convening of the Productivity Board after the state Legislature reinstated the Employee Involvement and Recognition Board during the 2024 Legislative Session.

The Productivity Board encourages all state employees to help save… Read more

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