What Does A County Auditor Do?

Washington law gives County Auditors four responsibilities:  elections, finance, licensing, and recording of official records.

Elections:  The County Auditor supervises and administers federal, state and local elections.  The Auditor manages every part of the election process, including: 

  • determining eligibility and maintaining voter registrations;

  • candidate filing;

  • ballot design, printing and mailing;

  • maintaining ballot drop boxes;

  • working with the Postmaster to ensure delivery of ballots;

  • verifying signatures;

  • counting the ballots; and

  • ensuring the integrity of the process every step of the way.

Paddy McGuire has 20 years of experience in the field of elections. He served as Oregon’s Deputy Secretary of State where he implemented vote-by-mail and as Deputy Director of the Department of Defense’s Federal Voting Assistance Program where he worked to ensure that Service members, their families and citizens living overseas get to vote wherever they are in the world.

Finance:  The Auditor processes employee payroll and payments to outside vendors for all county agencies. They provide county financial information to the public and state and federal agencies and produce reports about county finances. 

As Deputy Secretary of State in Oregon, Paddy McGuire oversaw the State Audit Division and was involved in financial and performance audits that protected taxpayer’s money.  He managed a $44 million budget plus more than $30 million in federal grant funds and 200 employees.  At the Federal Voting Assistance Program, he ran a grant program that awarded $35 million in grants to states and localities to provide electronic tools to aid Service members in voting.  

Licensing:  The County Auditor assists customers with vehicle, boat, marriage, and other licenses and supports local businesses that act as sub-agencies. 

As Oregon Deputy Secretary of State, Paddy McGuire oversaw the Corporation Division which licenses businesses.  He oversaw the automation of many processes that kept the filing costs low and customer service levels high.

Recording: The Auditor is responsible for maintaining the public records of the county, including real estate documents, liens, plats, military discharges, and marriage records. 

Paddy McGuire was responsible for maintaining the records of all businesses in Oregon as Deputy Secretary of State.  During his tenure, those records went online so that the public had easy access to them.

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