Bellingham, WA, July 30, 2018:  Whatcom County registered voters are reminded to vote and return their ballot by Tuesday, August 7th, Primary Election Day.  New for the Primary Election;   a stamp is not required if returning your ballot through the mail.  The State has agreed to pay the postage in an effort to increase voter participation. Although a voter won’t need to use a stamp, the ballot must have a postmark no later than August 7th to be counted, Auditor Debbie Adelstein said.  Voters are encouraged to check the last pick-up time posted on the mailbox if waiting until Election Day to mail their ballot.  Ballots deposited after the last pick-up time on Election Day will not have a valid postmark and can’t be counted.

 

Voters may still return their ballot in an official ballot drop box.  Boxes open for this election are listed on the insert enclosed with the ballot or on our website at www.whatcomcounty.us/auditor. Ballots deposited in a drop box don’t need a stamp and are open until 8:00 pm on Election Day.

 

 

For additional information contact:  County Auditor Debbie Adelstein at (360) 778-5105 or Chief Deputy Auditor Diana Bradrick at (360) 778-5130.

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