Elections & Voter Registration

Upcoming Elections Dates

Dec. 11-15 Diking and drainage district candidate filing week.
December 15 Last day to file a resolution, explanatory statement and pro/con committee assignments for February special election.
December 22 Pro and Con voter pamphlet statements due for February Election
January 9 Deadline for political parties to submit the names of their candidates to the state
January 13 Deadline to mail military and overseas ballots for February Election
January 26 Deadline to mail standard ballots for February
January 26 Deadline to mail military and overseas ballots for Presidential Primary
February 5 Deadline to receive online and mail voter registrations and updates for February Election
February 6 Diking and Drainage District Election Day (where applicable)
February 13 Special Election (where applicable)
February 23 County certifies election results of February Election
February 23 Last day to file a resolution, explanatory statement and pro/con committee assignments for April special election.
February 23 Deadline to mail standard ballots for Presidential Primary
March 1 Pro and Con voter pamphlet statements due for April Election
March 4 Deadline to receive online and mail voter registrations and updates for the Presidential Primary
March 12 Presidential Primary
March 22 County certifies results of Presidential Primary
March 29 Secretary of State certifies statewide results of Presidential Primary
April 23 Special Election (where applicable)
May 3 County certifies election results for April election
May 6-10 Candidate Filing Week

Official Ballot Drop Boxes

  • Island County Elections Office, 400 N Main St., Coupeville
  • Oak Harbor City Hall, 865 SE Barrington Drive, Oak Harbor
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, State Hwy 525 & Woodard Rd, Freeland
  • Ken's Korner Red Apple Grocery, 4141 SR 525, Clinton
  • Langley Post Office, 121 Second St, Langley
  • Camano Island Administration Office, 121 N East Camano Drive, Camano Island

It is strongly recommended that voters never return ballots to any "collection location" other than an official ballot drop box or a U.S. Postal Service mailbox.

Voter Records, Matchbacks and Reports

Following the adoption of legislation in 2023, all requests for records and reports generated by the statewide voter registration database must be submitted to and fulfilled by the Secretary of State.

This includes all voter information (voter lists, matchback files, voting history information, etc.)

To contact the Secretary of State's Office, please call 360-704-5220 or email publicrecords@sos.wa.gov

Information regarding Elections Data and Research may be found on the Secretary of State's website.

(RCW 29A.08.105, RCW 42.56)

Elections Overview

Elections and Voter Registration administers all federal, state, county, municipal, and special-purpose district elections held in Island County. In addition to the annual primary and general elections, there is potential for two special elections each spring, conducted in February and April. 

The Primary Election is conducted in August and the General Election in November, dates set by statute. Annually, Elections manages the registration records for over 67,000 voters (61,227 active voters and 6,551 inactive voters currently) adding new registrations and updating the records of voters who have moved to/from other locations averaging 2,500 per month. 

Island County has about 4,460 service and overseas voters. Over the past 10 years, the Island County Auditor's Office has updated records for over 65,000 voters – voters moving to/from Island County, deceased voters and new voters.

Voter outreach programs include publication of the printed Local Voters' Pamphlet, the Local Online Voters' Guide, assisting in registration events at local schools; assisting/promoting voter registration opportunities at Citizenship events for qualified citizens; and hosting open house events at the Elections Center.  

The Island County Auditor's Office provides voter outreach specifically to voters with accessibility needs for voter registration and voting opportunities.  

USPS Recommendation to Voters

Voters are encouraged to return ballots early. The USPS recommends voters return their ballots via mail a week before Election Day. Voters mailing within less than a week of Election Day should note mailbox collection times, or use an official ballot drop box.