With the Primary Election just 7 days away, voters are reminded to vote and return ballots by Tuesday, August 1. As of Monday, July 24, 13,167 ballots have been received by the Auditor’s Office.
If you haven’t received your ballot, please immediately contact the election division at (360) 778-5102. Anyone wanting to register to vote or update their registration must do so in person at the Whatcom County Courthouse.
Ballots returned by mail must have a postmark no later than election day, August 1, for your ballot to be counted. If you are returning your ballot by mail on election day, make sure to check the mail drop box for its specific last collection time to ensure a timely postmark. Voters waiting until election week to turn in their ballot are encouraged to use any of the 21 official ballot drop boxes.
Ballots can be returned in an official ballot drop box until 8:00 pm on election day. Drop box locations are listed on the insert enclosed with the ballot, in the Local Voters’ Pamphlet, on the Auditor’s website at www.whatcomcounty.us/Elections, or on www.VoteWA.gov.
Voters wanting to know if their ballot has been received by the Auditor’s Office can go to www.VoteWA.gov to view their ballot status. The most common reason a ballot gets challenged is because the signature doesn’t match the signature in the voter record. To avoid this, make sure you do not let someone else sign for you and that you are signing the correct ballot return envelope. Voters with challenged ballots will be sent a letter with the opportunity to correct the challenge. They will also be called by the Whatcom County Auditor’s Office. Voters can check the status of their ballot by visiting the official source of information – www.VoteWA.gov.