Elections & Voter Registration

Upcoming Elections Dates

September 23 Deadline to mail ballots to military and overseas voters
October 17 11:00 a.m. - Test of Accessible Voting Units
October 18 11:00 a.m. - Logic and Accuracy Test
October 20 Deadline to mail standard ballots
October 30 Last day to receive new registrations and voter updates online and by mail
November 7 General Election
November 9 1:00 p.m. - Random Batch Audit of ballot counting equipment
November 27 3:30 p.m. - Canvassing Board Meeting
November 28 1:00 p.m. - Canvassing Board Meeting to certify General Election final results
Dec. 11-15 Diking and drainage district candidate filing week.
December 15 Last day to file a resolution for February special election.
February 6 Diking and Drainage District Election Day (where applicable)
February 13 Special Election (where applicable)
February 23 Last day to file a resolution for April special election.
March 12 Presidential Primary
April 23 Special Election (where applicable)
May 3 Last day to file a resolution for August primary
May 6-10 Candidate Filing Week

Official Ballot Drop Boxes for November's General Election

  • Island County Elections Office, 400 N Main St., Coupeville
  • Oak Harbor City Hall, 865 SE Barrington Drive, Oak Harbor
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, State Hwy 525 & Woodard Rd, Freeland
  • Ken's Korner Red Apple Grocery, 4141 SR 525, Clinton
  • Langley Post Office, 121 Second St, Langley
  • Camano Island Administration Office, 121 N East Camano Drive, Camano Island

It is strongly recommended that voters never return ballots to any "collection location" other than an official ballot drop box or a U.S. Postal Service mailbox.

Voter Records, Matchbacks and Reports

Following the adoption of legislation in 2023, all requests for records and reports generated by the statewide voter registration database must be submitted to and fulfilled by the Secretary of State.

This includes all voter information (voter lists, matchback files, voting history information, etc.)

To contact the Secretary of State's Office, please call 360-704-5220 or email publicrecords@sos.wa.gov

Information regarding Elections Data and Research may be found on the Secretary of State's website.

(RCW 29A.08.105, RCW 42.56)

Elections Overview

Elections and Voter Registration administers all federal, state, county, municipal, and special-purpose district elections held in Island County. In addition to the annual primary and general elections, there is potential for two special elections each spring, conducted in February and April. 

The Primary Election is conducted in August and the General Election in November, dates set by statute. Annually, Elections manages the registration records for over 67,000 voters (61,227 active voters and 6,551 inactive voters currently) adding new registrations and updating the records of voters who have moved to/from other locations averaging 2,500 per month. 

Island County has about 4,460 service and overseas voters. Over the past 10 years, the Island County Auditor's Office has updated records for over 65,000 voters – voters moving to/from Island County, deceased voters and new voters.

Voter outreach programs include publication of the printed Local Voters' Pamphlet, the Local Online Voters' Guide, assisting in registration events at local schools; assisting/promoting voter registration opportunities at Citizenship events for qualified citizens; and hosting open house events at the Elections Center.  

The Island County Auditor's Office provides voter outreach specifically to voters with accessibility needs for voter registration and voting opportunities.  

USPS Recommendation to Voters

Voters are encouraged to return ballots early. The USPS recommends voters return their ballots via mail a week before Election Day. Voters mailing within less than a week of Election Day should note mailbox collection times, or use an official ballot drop box.