Ballots for the August 2 Primary Election will be mailed to all registered voters on July 13. Voters who have not received a ballot by July 20 should contact the Auditor’s Office to get a replacement.
Registration Deadlines: To be eligible to vote in the August 2 Primary Election, the Auditor’s Office needs voter registration requests or address changes in the office by July 25. These tasks can be completed online at VoteWA.gov or by mail. Citizens that miss the July 25 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 2.
Whatcom County residents are encouraged to complete registrations and address updates early and online at VoteWA.gov or by mail before July 25 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 all individuals.
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 13. For more information, contact the Election Division at (360) 778-5102 or [email protected].
Voters’ Pamphlet: A newspaper voters’ pamphlet that includes Whatcom County Primary Election Candidates, is mailed to all residences in Whatcom County on July 13. For an online version, visit VoteWA.gov or the Whatcom County Auditor’s website at https://www.whatcomcounty.us/1732/Current-Election.
Meeting Dates & Times: Open public meetings for the August 2 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 https://www.whatcomcounty.us/1732/Current-Election or call (360) 778-5102 for updated information.
July 12 2:00 pm Logic & Accuracy Test of the Ballot Counting Equipment
July 13 - Aug 15 8:00 am - 4:30 pm M-F: Processing of Ballots
Sat-Sun: Collection & Sorting Envelopes into Trays (if necessary)
Aug 4 10:00 am Hand Count of Six Randomly Selected Ballot Batches
Aug 8 9:00 am Risk Limiting Audit
Aug 15 2:00 pm Canvassing Board Meeting/Review Challenged Ballots
Aug 16 10:00 am Canvassing Board Meeting/Certification of Election