Voters who wait until the last day or two to cast their ballots for the general election may want to use drop boxes stationed around the county instead of the U.S. Postal Service.
To ensure a Tuesday, Nov. 6, postmark on a mailed ballot, Whatcom County Auditor Debbie Adelstein suggests dropping ballots in the mail on Monday, before the pickup time for that mailbox.
To be certain the ballot is on time, the Auditor's Office recommends using one of seven ballot drop boxes in the county. For a list of drop box sites, go to whatcomcounty.us/auditor and click on "Election Division," then "Ballots & Ballot Return."
To be counted, ballots must be deposited in a drop box no later than 8 p.m. Tuesday.
As of Friday, Nov. 2, the Auditor's Office had received 56,528 ballots, representing 45 percent of the registered voters in the county. Turnout is expected to be 81 percent statewide.