Drop boxes for returning voted ballots are now all open as well

OLYMPIA — Registered voters in Washington state will soon receive their ballots for the 2020 general election of Nov. 3.

Ballots must be sent to registered voters no later than Friday, Oct. 16, and the Whatcom County Auditor’s Office shows Wednesday, Oct. 14, as its day of mailing out more than 150,000 ballots.

Voters have until 8 p.m. on the Tuesday election day to place their marked ballots in one of the 20 drop boxes in Whatcom County. Drop-box locations are listed at www.whatcomcounty.us/1863/Ballot-Drop-Box-Locations.

Use of drop boxes also began Oct. 14.

People who choose to return their ballots by U.S. mail can use the provided postage-paid envelope. The U.S. Postal Service recommends that ballots be returned by mail at least one week before election day. Registered voters can track their ballots at VoteWA.gov, Washington’s online voter portal.

Any registered voter who does not receive a ballot within a week should log in to VoteWA.gov or contact the Whatcom County elections office (360-778-5102) to request a replacement. Voters can also check their ballot status at VoteWA.gov.

“The General Election is here, time for Washingtonians to exercise their right to vote and make their voices heard,” said Lori Augino, elections director at the Office of the Secretary of State. “We encourage the more than 4.7 million registered voters in Washington to start checking their mailboxes and get ready to mark their ballots. For people who want to vote but haven’t registered, there’s still time to sign up and take part.”

People who want to register to vote, or update their registration, can go online at VoteWA.gov, or print and mail a registration form (available in 23 languages) at the Secretary of State’s Elections page. The deadline for county elections offices to receive registrations online or by mail, however, is Monday, Oct. 26. After Oct. 26, people can visit a county elections office (first floor Suite 103, Whatcom County Courthouse, 311 Grand Ave., Bellingham) and register in person.

More election information, including important dates and deadlines, an online voter guide and elections data and statistics, is available at sos.wa.gov.

The printed Voters Pamphlet for the Washington State general election has already been mailed to homes. The online version is available at http://www.whatcomcounty.us/DocumentCenter/View/50907/2020-LVP-General.