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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:  Do I need to request a Special Absentee Ballot?

Washington state voters vote by mail. All eligible voters are automatically mailed a ballot at least 18 days before every election. There is no need to sign-up or request a mail-in ballot. If you are unsure if you are registered or if your address is current, you can confirm your registration information here: voter.votewa.gov.

If you will not be able to access your mail during the 18-day voting period, need to receive your ballot at a different address, or need to access your ballot electronically, contact our  Elections Office.

If it is within 90 days prior to a state Primary or General Election and you believe that you will be unable to access, vote, and return a regularly-issued ballot within the time provided by law, contact your County Elections Office.

OFFICE HOURS ANNOUNCEMENT:  

Stevens County Auditor’s Elections Department will be closed for walk-in service Monday September 14 through Thursday September 17, from 8:00am until 1:00pm, while Elections Staff engage in professional development and education.  Elections Office will be open 1:00pm-4:30pm on each of these days.   As a result of this closure, passport photos, marriage licenses, and in-person voter registrations will be limited.   Please call 684-7514 with any questions, or to make an appointment for in-person service during the week of September 14. 



The county auditor is an elected officer and serves a four year term. The county auditor has a diverse range of duties and responsibilities involving specific statutory functions and county financial administration. The primary statutory responsibilities are: recording, licensing, elections/voter registration, and county financial audit/administration.

 

Elections/Voter Registration

The Elections section is responsible for administering elections in the county for all federal, state, county, municipal, and special districts. Elections typically occur four times per year in February, March, August, and November. In conjunction with administering elections, this section is responsible for voter registration and file updates for address changes or redistricting. Stevens Count is a vote-by-mail county and all eligible voters automatically receive a ballot in the mail for elections corresponding to their official residence.

 

Financial Audit/Administration

The Auditor’s Office is responsible to provide financial, accounting, auditing, payroll, and account payable services for county departments and agencies. They prepare the County’s Annual Report, Preliminary Budget, and facilitate the State Auditor’s Office audit each year.


Marriage Licenses

Issues marriage licenses for weddings to be performed in the State of Washington.


Motor Vehicle Licensing 

The Auditor’s Office is an agent of the Washington State Department of Licensing. This responsibility includes: sale of motor vehicle and vessel licenses, collection of license fees, transfer of vehicle and vessels from one owner to another, title changes to add or delete a legal owner other then the registered owner, collection of load fees on trucks, and other transactions involving motor vehicles and vessels.


Recording 

The Recording section is responsible for recording real estate documents, liens, military discharges, maps, and surveys. They also issue marriage licenses. The Auditor’s Office is prohibited from giving or offering legal advice and the responsibility for properly preparing an instrument, plat, survey, and other documents is that of the document preparer.