Voter registration deadlines for general election loom

Washington state residents are closing in on two major deadlines to register to vote for this fall’s general election, Secretary of State Sam Reed said in an announcement.

Election ballots will be mailed out by Oct. 19.

Saturday, Oct. 6, is the last day to postmark registrations that are mailed in.

printable version of the state’s voter registration form from the secretary’s office is available online. The form can be filled out and mailed in.

The secretary’s office said Oct. 8 would normally be the final day for mail-in ballots. But this year, Oct. 8 is Columbus Day, a federal holiday when post offices are closed.

Oct. 8 is, however, the final day for online voter registrations or updates—which can be done using the state’s MyVote online feature.

Those who have never registered to vote in Washington can also register in person at local county elections offices.

Whatcom County’s office is located at 311 Grand Ave., Suite 103, in Bellingham. The office can be contacted at 360-676-6742.

Oct. 29 is the in-person deadline for new registrations.

More information can be found on the state’s Elections Division website.

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