Candidates and Measures


Candidates and ballot measure campaigns for elections in 2023 can find detailed instructions, contacts and other information in the 2022 Candidate and Measure Guidelines book. Candidates for races in 2023, however, will have some different rules for races. A 2023 version of the pamphlet should be ready by the end of March.
Printed copies of the 2022 book are available at the Kitsap County Auditor's Office - Elections Division, 619 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA 98366. 

Lot Draw 

RCW 29A.36.131 specifies that the order of candidates on the Primary ballot is determined by lot draw. At 4:30 p.m. on the Friday of filing week, the Kitsap County Auditor's Office - Elections Division draws lettered tiles to create the ballot order for races.
 



Learn about the Public Disclosure Requirements. Most candidates are required to file financial documents with the Public Disclosure Commission.
 

Deadlines for Districts Considering Ballot Measures

Districts placing measures on future ballots must meet the following deadlines for filing resolutions with the Kitsap County Auditor's Office - Elections Division.

2023 Election Dates Deadline for Resolution Ballots Mailed By
​February 14, 2023
​December 16, 2022
​January 27, 2023
​April 25, 2023
February 24, 2023​​April 7, 2023
​August 1, 2023
​​May 12, 2023
​July 14, 2023
​November 7, 2023
​​August 1, 2023
October 20, 2023

Validation: Some measures must meet a "supermajority" to pass. This page provides the number of votes from each district from the General Election of 2021, the number districts use to calculate whether their measures pass in 2022.  The numbers for 2023 will be available by December 16.   

Obtaining Voter Data and Election Results.

Information that may be useful to candidates and campaigns.         

Candidate Voters' Pamphlet Video Training

Take a few minutes to get tips on candidate filing and writing your statement for the Voters' Pamphlet.
​1-minute video
 

8-minute video   
 


 

 

2023 Candidate Filing Dates

May 1 - First day candidates may file by mail.

May 15-19 - Candidate Filing week.

May 22 - Last day candidates may
withdraw from a race.

May 26 - Candidate statements due.

TBD - Special filing period for races with no candidates after May 22.

July 13 - Last day candidates can file for free to be a write-in candidate in the Primary. 

July 14-August 1 - Candidates can file as a write-in candidate for Primary races, but must pay regular filing fee for the office.

October 19 - Last day candidates can file for free to be a write-in candidate in the General Election. 

October 20-November 7 - Candidates can file as a write-in candidate for General Election races, but must pay regular filing fee for the office.