Determining election results in two races could be more tedious next month with two write-in candidates seeking office. Zillah Republican Curtis E. Vangstad announced that he’s a write-in candidate for Yakima County Commissioner, seeking Republican Rand Elliot’s seat for District 3. And Yakima attorney Michael “Scott” Brumback is making a write-in bid as a conservative Republican for a 14th Legislative District seat held by Rep. Norm Johnson, R-Yakima. Having two write-in candidates at once is rare in Yakima County, and could create additional work for election officials, Yakima County Auditor Corky Holloway said Friday. Election officials hand-type every name voters write on ballots and record the results. “It is tedious, but that’s their job,” Holloway said. “It’s timely, but it’s doable.”
There are two ways a candidate can launch a write-in campaign: declared or nondeclared. A declared write-in requires the candidate to file with the elections office and pay a filing fee no later than 18 days before the primary or general election.
With declared candidates, election officials are more aware of the write-in candidates names and can more readily tally those votes even when names on ballots are misspelled, said Sheryl Moss, certification and training manager with the Secretary of State’s election department.