Voters in Whatcom, Snohomish and Douglas counties must pay extra in postage before dropping their ballots in the mail this November.
Representatives from the Washington Secretary of State’s office credit the ballots’ sheer size and weight with the rising cost of postage. Instead of paying the standard 47 cents for one stamp on a rectangular envelope, voters in all three counties should buy 68 cents in postage required by oversized or unusual envelopes.
Whatcom County Auditor Debbie Adelstein assures voters that already-mailed ballots that lack proper postage will not be returned and will make it to the elections office. Ballots should be postmarked by Election Day.
To avoid postage costs, voters can drop off ballots at several local locations, which will be available 24 hours per day, seven days per week until 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8 – the same time ballots are due.
In Blaine and Birch Bay, drop box locations include the Blaine Library, located at 610 3rd Street, and North Whatcom Fire and Rescue, located at 4581 Birch Bay–Lynden Road. A drop box will also be located at the community center in Point Roberts on Election Day only from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
If you have yet to receive your ballot in the mail, call the Whatcom County election office at 360/778-5102.