When Auditor Debbie Adelstein made an emergency trip to Everson on Saturday morning, she found an open ballot box with 86 apparently unmolested ballots inside.
But with that access door having been open for about 24 hours starting at 9:25 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, Everson voters who dropped their ballots between that time and about 10 a.m. on Saturday might wonder if their ballots were actually received.
Those voters have two options:
-- Check your ballot status at MyVote.wa.gov. After entering your name and date of birth, click on "Ballot Status."
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-- Call the Election Division of the Whatcom County Auditor's Office at 360-676-6742.
Do so right away, if you are so inclined. Voting ends at 8 p.m. today. You can talk to the election office at the above number about getting an emergency ballot, if needed.
Also, candidates on both sides of the political spectrum are asking voters who haven't cast their ballot yet to use a ballot box. The mechanical problem with the Everson box has been fixed, and ballot pickups include a double-check of the box's lock.
It's too late to put a ballot in the post office and have it postmarked in time to be counted.
The county Canvassing Board decided this morning to count the 86 ballots left unsecured for 24 hours.