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Primary Election ballots were mailed Wednesday, July 14. Whatcom County residents are encouraged to complete registrations and address updates by July 26 to avoid a trip to the office.

Citizens completing or updating their registration after the deadline will need to do so in person. Voters should expect long lines election week, wearing a mask is optional for those that are full vaccinated.  

Do you need to register to vote?  Citizens with a Washington state issued ID can complete their voter registration and address updates online at

For those without a WA State issued ID, visit and print a registration form to be mailed in.

Completed ballots can be returned in an official elections ballot drop box up until 8 p.m. Aug. 3. All 19 drop box locations are printed on the insert that is enclosed with the ballot, as well as in the Local Voters’ Pamphlet.

If you decide to return your ballot by mail, the return envelope must be postmarked no later than Aug. 3, for your ballot to be counted. The US Postal Service recommends putting your ballot in the mail by July 27.  

If a voter hasn’t received a ballot by Wednesday, July 21, call the Election Division of the Auditor’s Office at 360-778-5102 or email for additional instructions.