Candidate filing period and online candidate filing begins May 16

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Vancouver, Wash. - The filing period for citizens wishing to become candidates for elective office is rapidly approaching. Candidates are strongly encouraged to file their declaration online. The online period to file a declaration of candidacy will be available at beginning at 9 am, Monday, May 16 and must be submitted by 4 pm Friday, May 20, 2022.

To file online as a candidate, a citizen must be registered to vote in the jurisdiction for which they are filing and have a valid email address. Candidates will also be able to pay any applicable filing fees online using a valid Visa, MasterCard, or American Express credit card. Mobile devices are not recommended. For best results use Google Chrome.

The in-person period to file a declaration of candidacy will begin at 8 am, Monday, May 16 through 5 pm, Friday, May 20, 2022. Candidates wishing to file for office in person can do so at the Clark County Elections Office, 1408 Franklin Street, Vancouver. Credit cards are not accepted for payment when filing in person.

To determine if you meet all the qualifications for an elective office, please refer to the "2022 Candidate Guide and Local Voters’ Pamphlet Specifications" that can be found on the Clark County Elections Office website at

The offices open for candidate filings this year include the office of U.S. Senator; U.S. Representative, 3rd Congressional District; Secretary of State; State Representatives for the 17th, 18th, 20th and 49th Legislative Districts; three Supreme Court Justices; Court of Appeals Judge; one Superior Court Judge; all six District Court Judge positions; County offices of County Council Districts No. 1, 2 and 5; Assessor, Auditor, Clerk, Prosecuting Attorney, Sheriff and Treasurer; Clark Public Utilities District Commissioner for District 2; 350 Democratic Precinct Committee Officer positions and 350 Republican Precinct Committee Officer positions.

On Friday, May 20, at approximately 5:30 pm, a public lot drawing will be conducted to determine ballot order for each race. This public drawing will be held at 1408 Franklin Street and may be witnessed by the news media, the public and by any candidate. Results of the lot draw will also be posted on our website.

This year’s primary will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 2. The general election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

If you have further questions, you can contact the Clark County Elections Office by calling 564.397.2345, by email at or by visiting the office at 1408 Franklin Street, Vancouver.

Greg Kimsey, Auditor

Cathie Garber, Elections director