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National Voter Registration Day is September 22, 2020

Click on the VoteWA logo above and check to make sure your voter registration is current.

 

Island County Auditor Warns of Incorrect Information in USPS "Plan Ahead" Postcard for Washington Voters

ISLAND COUNTY, September 14, 2020 - Over the weekend, voters in Washington began receiving postcards from the US Postal Service with recommendations for voting in this year's General Election. Two of the five tips are not relevant to Washington.

One of the recommendations is to request a ballot 15 days before Election Day.  This is not necessary since every active registered voter in Washington is automatically mailed a ballot at least 18 days before Election Day. This year, Island County ballots will be in the mail October 14 and commence arriving in mailboxes over the weekend.

The second recommendation is to affix first class postage when the voter returns the ballot.  Since 2019, the ballot return envelopes in Washington include prepaid-postage. No postage is required to return a Washington State ballot either by USPS Mail or in a ballot drop box.

Island County Auditor Sheilah Crider states, "While elections officials appreciate the USPS desire to help, this mailer was not vetted with Washington State election officials and may cause confusion for our voters. Washington election officials and local USPS representatives were not aware of the mailer until the postcard began appearing in mailboxes on Friday, September 11."

Washington voters have an effective tool to ensure that their ballots arrive in their mailbox, are returned and are counted.  Each voter can verify their own registration and ballot information through VoteWA.gov. With a Washington State Driver's License, voters can register online until October 26 through this website. Island County voters can check the local County elections website for more information at www.islandcountywa.gov/Auditor/Elections.

County Auditors and elections officials encourage voters to Vote Early, Vote Safely!   

Sheilah Crider, Island County Auditor



Due to Covid 19 Health Requirements, access to the Elections Office is currently restricted.  Please call or knock on door for assistance.

For Voter Registration, please register or update your information at www.votewa.gov 


Elections FAQs​ 

Voters do not need to request an absentee ballot.  Ballots are automatically mailed to every voter registered in Island County, to the mailing address on their record.


Military and Overseas voters are urged not to use work emails to return ballots (i.e. email addresses that end in .mil). Instead, use gmail or other personal email account.


Elections information, updates & announcements

September 19, 2020 ..... Deadline to mail out military and overseas ballots
October 16, 2020 ..... Deadline to mail out standard ballots
October 26, 2020 ..... Deadline to receive new registrations and voter updates online and by mail for the November General Election
November 3, 2020 ..... Deadline for in-person registrations and voter updates for the November General Election
November 3, 2020 ..... General Election
November 24, 2020 ..... Certification of General Election
December 11, 2020 ..... Last day to file a resolution for February Special Election

 


Election laws:

Return postage prepaid for all elections – Return postage is paid for all elections.  Voters may use a ballot drop box or return ballots by postal mail at no cost.

Same Day Registration – Voters may register to vote in person up to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Electronic Registrations – Registrations submitted electronically (Motor Voter, Online, etc.) must be submitted no later than 8 days prior to an election.

Mail In Registrations – Registrations submitted through the postal mail must be received by an Elections Official no later than 8 days prior to an election.

Early Registration – Future voters age 16 and 17 may register to vote.  Your registration will be kept "on hold" until you will be 18 years of age at the next election.  At that time, you will be registered to vote.


All elections in Washington State are conducted by mail. 

If you do not receive your ballot or if your address has changed, please contact the Auditor's Office by phone (360-679-7366), by mail, by email, in person at the Island County Auditor's Office, 400 N. Main Street, (mailing address) PO Box 1410, Coupeville WA, or click go online to www.votewa.gov

 

Island County Offers Large Print Ballots

 

As part of our ongoing efforts to ensure all voters have the opportunity to vote a private ballot, Island County Auditor's Elections is proud to announce we are able to expand our accessible voting capabilities and offer large print ballots to voters with vision impairment or low vision.  The large print ballots are available upon request for all elections.

 

 

 

Contact the Elections Office at 360-679-7366 or by email at elections@islandcountywa.gov and let us know that you wish to be added to the large print ballot list.  From that point forward, all of your ballots will be sent to you in the large print format.

 

ADA Compliant In Person Voting:

Beginning no later than 18 days before any election, the Elections Office (400 N. Main St., Coupeville) has an ADA Compliant Touch Screen Voting Device available in the office.  The voting device is available Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Election Day from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

These devices can display larger type or can provide an audio ballot to assist with visual or cognitive issues.

Voters can cast their ballot by using a select wheel or tactile button options.  The equipment also supports a limited number of assistive switches, like foot pedals or sip and puff devices.

Voters can get personal assistance with voting by coming to the Elections Office (400 N. Main St., Coupeville).  Voting assistance is confidential and requires no appointment.  Voting assistance is available during office hours, and on Election Day from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Information on returning your ballot:

Ballots must be postmarked no later than Election Day. Please check with your local Post Office to clarify the last pickup of the day. State Law requires a ballot must have a postmark on or before Election Day (RCW 29A.40.091(4)). If a ballot is received with a postmark on it that is after Election Day, it can not be counted.

ADA Compliant Ballot drop boxes are available 24-hours per day from the time ballots are mailed to voters. They will close promptly at 8:00 p.m. on election night.

         No stamp is required to return your ballot.

​Ballot drop boxes are located at: 

  • Island County Election Office - 400 N Main Street, Coupeville

  • Trinity Lutheran Church - 18341 SR 525, Freeland

  • Ken's Korner Shopping Center - 4141 SR 525, Clinton

  • Camano Island - 121 N. East Camano Drive, Camano Island​​

  • Oak Harbor - City Hall - 865 S.E. Barrington Dr., Oak Harbor

  • Langley - Post Office (front patio) - 115 2nd St., Langley

        
 

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