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:


Archives

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 May 31st, 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. More information on records retention requirements regarding records related to your agency's response to the pandemic.

Contact:


Corporations and Charities

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


Community Programs

Due to COVID-19, the Address Confidentiality Program is taking proactive measures to reduce our staff’s risk. The office has limited operations. Please expect delays.

  • If you are a current program participant, we will continue to forward your mail.
  • If you are applying for ACP services, we will continue to certify new applications.
  • ACP will respond to messages on a limited basis.

If you are a program participant and want to update your household information, including your address, all updates must be received in writing. You must always include your signature. Please mail or fax updates to the ACP. You may find more information at our website at ACP Forms and Contact Information.


Elections

The Elections Division is closed to the general public until further notice. To file for state office May 11-15, please prepare to file online. We urge each candidate to submit their Declaration of Candidacy and Voters’ Pamphlet profile online.

The Legislative Building will not be open for filing candidates. We will only accept paper forms by mail or in person at the State Elections Division located at 520 Union Olympia, WA.

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 VoteWA.gov


Libraries

All Washington State Library Branches will be closed at least until May 31, including:

Staff can be reached via email at sos.wa.gov/library/ask_form.aspx and will be responding to questions between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Staff are available via online chat at https://www.sos.wa.gov/library/ask_chat.aspx 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: sos.wa.gov/library

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


Resources and information: 

For more information about COVID-19, visit Washington's resource page. You can also call 1-800-525-0127 or text 211-211 for help and answers to your questions and concerns.