Presidential Primary

Time remailing to return your ballot in an official ballot drop box:

General Information

  • The major political parties require voters to make a party declaration at the time of voting.
  • You do not register separately or by party for this election.
  • You must choose and sign a political party declaration on the return ballot envelope.
  • Voter participation is public record and your political party choice is available for public inspection for 60 days.  
  • Your candidate choice is secret and is never tied to you or your voter record.
  • You vote for one candidate on the ballot of the same political party as your signed declaration. 
  • If you do not vote your Presidential Primary ballot you will still receive a ballot to vote in the November 5 General Election. 

Frequently Asked Questions

View Presidential Primary FAQs on the SOS website

Election Information

Election Day: March 12, 2024

Ballots Mailed: February 21, 2024

Accessible Voting Units Available: February 21, 2024

Status Report (updated 2/28/2024):

Active Registered Voters: 160,481

Ballots Accepted: 16,185
Ballots Returned*: 17,057
*Total ballots returned includes received, accepted and rejected ballots. To find out the status of your ballot login to your voter portal at For more information on different ballot statuses view the Secretary of State's ballot status codes.

Ballot Return Statistics (Statewide)

Election Results: view results here

In-Person Services

If you need to visit us in-person, you may.  We are located in Suite 103 of the Whatcom County Courthouse (311 Grand Avenue in Bellingham). You can register to vote, update your registration, get a replacement ballot.  If possible, please call or email before you visit, we may save you a trip!

Hours:   February 21 - March 12 (Monday-Friday), 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Tuesday, March 12, 8:30 am - 8:00 pm

Registration Deadlines

Monday, March 4Voter registration and address changes online or by mail must be received at the Whatcom County Auditor's Office by March 4.
March 5 through  March 12Visit our office in person to register to vote or change your address by 8:00 pm Election Day.

View information on registering to vote

Returning Your Ballot

By Drop BoxDrop boxes are open February 21 and close at 8:00 pm on Election Day.  No stamp needed. 
View Drop Box Location Map
By MailNo stamp needed. Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day.

What's on the Ballot

Sample BallotPDF

A Sample Ballot shows all the contests in the election. Not all contests will be on your ballot.

To view a list of districts in which you are eligible to vote in, visit

Voters' GuideOnline Voters Guide

Washington State Voters' Pamphlet


Logic & Accuracy TestAccessible Voting Units: February 23 at 2:00 pm
Tabulation Equipment: February 26 at 11:00 am
Manual Hand CountMarch 14 at 10:00 am
Risk Limiting AuditMarch 20 at 9:00 am

Canvassing Board

Challenged Ballot ReviewMarch 21 at 10:00 am
CertificationMarch 22 at 10:00 am