The Washington Secretary of State’s office has announced that it has received an official write-in request from Thomas Gerard Grajkowski who is registered to vote in Buckley but lists a Bonney Lake address has filed paperwork to become an official write-ins candidate for governor. He states no party preference.
As an official write-in candidate, write-in votes for Grajkowski will be searched for, compiled and reported by county elections officials. County officials are also directed to tally write-in votes that any “recognizable variation” of his name will be tallied for him. His name will not appear on the ballot, however. That is reserved for the top-two finishers in the August primary, Jay Inslee who prefers the Democratic Party and Rob McKenna who prefers the Republican Party.
Only candidates who file with the secretary of state get official write-in status. All other write-ins are not tallied by name and are only reported in the total for write-ins. To get that status, candidates must pay the filing fee of 1 percent of the pay for the office. For governor that’s $1,668.91.
Write-in declarations must be filed with the state by Friday.