The board that oversees and will certify the general election in Whatcom County decided on Tuesday, Nov. 5, to count the 86 ballots left unsecured in an open ballot box in Everson.
County Auditor Debbie Adelstein said the ballot box, at 106 E. Main St., might not have locked properly after an election crew picked up ballots at 9:25 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 1. The open ballot box wasn't reported to police until about 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2.
Everson residents who voted using the ballot box between those times have two ways to confirm their ballots were received:
-- Go to MyVote.wa.gov, enter your name and date of birth, and click on "Ballot Status."
-- Call the county Election Division at 360-676-6742.
The county Canvassing Board will meet at least two more times, on Nov. 21 to review challenged signatures and on Nov. 26 to certify the final results of the election.