Elections & Voter Registration

2023 Election Dates

June 17 Deadline to mail out ballots to military and overseas voters
July 14 Deadline to mail out standard ballots
July 14 Accessible Voting Unit becomes available in Elections Office through remainder of election.
July 14 Ballot Drop Boxes open and remain open through 8:00 p.m. on Election Night.
July 19 Logic and Accuracy Test -- 1:00 p.m.
July 24 Last day to receive new registrations or voter updates in any method other than in person.
August 1  Primary Election.
August 1  Last day to file a resolution for November general election.
August 3 Random Batch Audit of Ballot Equipment -- 1:00 p.m.
August 7-9 Special 3-day Candidate Filing Period.
August 14 Canvassing Board Meeting -- 4:00 p.m.
August 15 Canvassing Board Certification Meeting -- 12:00 noon
September 19 National Voter Registration Day.
November 7 General Election.
December 11-15 Diking and drainage district candidate filing week.
December 15 Last day to file a resolution for February special election.

Ballot Drop Boxes in use for the August Primary Election:

  • Island County Elections Office -- 400 N Main St. -- Coupeville
  • Oak Harbor City Hall -- 865 SE Barrington Dr. -- Oak Harbor
  • Camano Island Admin. Office -- 121 N East Camano Dr. -- Camano Island

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.