COVID 19 Response

The health and safety of my employees and those who visit our offices is paramount. In order to maintain a safe environment for everyone and comply with the governor’s ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ proclamation, we are suspending all in-person services until further notice, effective March 24. This means public access to our facilities will be prohibited, except under very limited circumstances to fulfill essential work.

I want to assure the public the Office of the Secretary of State will continue to provide essential services; the majority of our services can be performed and accomplished online or by phone. We seek to always provide excellent customer service, and that effort will continue.

I understand this is an uncertain and troubling time for many in our state and around the world. In spite of our collective concerns, I encourage everyone to continue doing their part to keep themselves, their families, co-workers, and neighbors safe.

Please stay home and adhere to recommendations made by trusted sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Washington State Department of Health.

Impacts to Individual Divisions:


With consideration for the safety of the public and our staff, all branches and facilities of Washington State Archives will be closed to the public until at least April 6, in an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. During the closure, we will allow state and local government agency staff to research records on an emergency basis.


Corporations and Charities

Corporations and Charities will be closed to the public until further notice:


The Elections Division is closed to the general public until further notice. To file an initiative, please visit the online portal. To file a referendum, please email [email protected]. For more information, visit the Initiatives and Referenda web page. To register to vote or update your address, visit


All Washington State Library Branches will be closed at least until April 6, including:

Staff can be reached via email at and will be responding to questions between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Staff are available via online chat at between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

You can contact the State Library via phone at (360) 704-5221. Voicemail messages will be checked and responded to between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For those needing physical collection resources, we will respond as soon as staff return to the library.

Resources are available via our catalog, 24/7. For more resources from the library, please visit:

WTBBL can be reached via email at [email protected] for questions. 

Resources and information: