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New Washington Election Filing Deadline

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - If you want to run for office in the State of Washington this year, you have to register this week.

Election hopefuls must declare their candidacy no later than Friday. State lawmakers moved the deadline ahead nearly two months, to give auditors more time to prep for this year's earlier primary. And local auditors say they're grateful for the extra time.

"It was quite a crunch to get everything done between the primary and the general election," said Brenda Chilton, Chief Deputy Auditor. 

Most candidates must register with their local county auditor. However, hopefuls for Senator Jim Clements' position must register with the Office of the Secretary of the State.

Small parties, or independents may have additional requirements.