Washington State's personal financial disclosure requirements for elected officials and candidates was enacted by voter approval of Initiative 276. The initiative was designed to bring more openness and accountability to Washington State's political process.
These individuals are required to annually file a Personal Financial Affairs Statement:
- State office holders,*
- County office holders,*
- All other local office holders serving in a jurisdiction with a population of at least 1,000 registered voters except for cemetary districts and other districts where voters must have special qualifications such as property ownership (e.g., irrigation or weed districts),*
- Certain executive state officers identified on the list below, and
- Professional staff of the governor and legislature.
*Individuals who seek election to these offices are required to file a Personal Financial Affairs Statement within two weeks of becoming a candidate. An individual who is appointed to fill an unexpired term must file within two weeks of the appointment.