Receiving Your Ballot: Ballots for the general election will be mailed to registered voters on October 19. Voters should receive a ballot by October 26. Contact the Auditor’s office for a replacement if yours is lost or damaged.
Returning Your Ballot: You may vote and return your ballot as soon as you receive it in the mail. Return your ballot in an official ballot drop box by 8:00 pm on November 8 OR return it by mail. Ballots returned by mail must be postmark by November 8. We do not recommend mailing your ballot after November 1.
General Election Registration Deadlines:
1) Monday, October 31 is the deadline for online registrations or address updates. If mailing a registration form, it must be received at the Auditor’s Office by October 31.
2) Starting Tuesday, November 1 citizens needing to register or update their address in time for the general election must appear in person at the Whatcom County Auditor’s Office.
3) The deadline for in person registrations and updates is 8:00 pm on November 8.
How to Register or Update Your Address:
1) Online at VoteWA.gov if you have a current Washington State driver license or ID card, or
2) Complete a Washington State Voter Registration form and return in the mail. Registration forms are available on our website, or contact us to have a form mailed to you, if time allows, or
3) In-Person at the Whatcom County Auditor’s Office, Election Division: 311 Grand Avenue, Suite 103.
Voters Requiring Assistance and Other Information: An accessible voting unit (AVU) is equipped with visual and audio technology. Voters requiring assistance may vote on the AVU starting October 19. For more information, contact the Election Division at (360) 778-5102 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A local voters’ pamphlet is mailed to all residences in Whatcom County on October 17 and contains information about Whatcom County candidates and ballot measures. A separate voters’ pamphlet mailed by the Washington Secretary of State’s Office will contain information on Federal and State level candidates and ballot measures. An online version of both pamphlets is available at VoteWA.gov.
Meeting Dates and Times:
Open public meetings will be held in the Election Center, 311 Grand Avenue, Suite B03, Bellingham. Meeting dates, times, and/or locations are subject to change; please see our website at www.whatcomcounty.us/auditor or call (360) 778-5102 for updated information.
October 18 2:00 pm Logic and Accuracy Test
October 19 - November 28 8:00 am – 5:00 pm M-F: Processing of Ballots
Sat-Sun: Processing of Ballots (if necessary)
November 10 10:00 am Manual Hand Count (audit)
November 18 9:00 am Risk Limiting Audit (RLA)
November 28 1:00 pm Canvassing Board to Review Challenged Ballots
November 29 10:00 am Canvassing Board Certification of Election
Dated this 16th day of October 2022.
Diana Bradrick, Whatcom County Auditor and Ex-officio Supervisor of Elections