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Posted on: July 13, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Notice of August 3, 2021 – Primary Election

Ballots for the August 3 Primary Election will be mailed to all registered voters on July 14.   Voters who have not received a ballot by July 21 should contact the Auditor’s office to get a replacement.


Registration Deadlines: To be eligible to vote in the August 3 Primary Election, the Auditor’s Office needs voter registration requests or address changes in the office by July 26. These tasks can be completed online at or by mail. Citizens that miss the July 26 deadline can still register to vote or change their address but will need to appear in person at the Whatcom County Auditor’s Office, 311 Grand Avenue, Suite 103, Bellingham, by 8:00 pm on August 3.  


Whatcom County residents are encouraged to complete registrations and address updates early and online at or by mail before July 26 to avoid a trip to the office. Anyone completing or updating their registration in person can expect long lines election week. While in the Courthouse, masks are optional for those individuals that are fully vaccinated.


Voters Requiring Assistance & Other Information:  An accessible voting unit (AVU) is equipped with visual and audio technology. Voters requiring reasonable accommodation or assistance may vote on the AVU in the Whatcom County Auditor’s Office starting July 14. For more information, contact the Election’s Division at (360) 778-5102 or [email protected].    


Voters’ Pamphlet:  A newspaper voters’ pamphlet that includes Whatcom County Primary Election Candidates and measures, is mailed to all residences in Whatcom County at the beginning of July. For an online version, visit or the Whatcom County Auditor’s website at  


Meeting Dates & Times:  Open public meetings for the August 3 Primary Election will be held on the dates and times listed below at the Whatcom County Courthouse Election Center, 311 Grand Avenue, Suite B03, Bellingham.  Meeting dates, times, and/or locations are subject to change; please see our website at or call (360) 778-5102 for updated information.   


July 15                   2:00 pm                                Logic & Accuracy Test of the Ballot Counting Equipment


July 14 - Aug 16   8:00 am - 4:30 pm            Processing of Ballots


Aug 5                     10:00 am                              Hand Count of Six Randomly Selected Ballot Batches


Aug 16                   2:00 pm                                Canvassing Board Meeting/Review Challenged Ballots


Aug 17                   10:00 am                              Canvassing Board Meeting/Certification of Election

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