Voting do’s and don’ts for the 2012 general election

Published on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 by By Debbie Adelstein, Whatcom County Auditor

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As we approach the 2012 General Election, I think it is important to stress some of the do’s and don’ts that voters should consider. I know everyone wants to get the results as soon as possible so here are some things that voters can do – and please don’t do.


*Inform yourself on the candidates and issues. The voter pamphlet and ballots were mailed October 19. Other information is online at

*Once you’ve made up your mind, vote your ballot and return it. The earlier we receive voted ballots the more totals we can release on Election Day.

*Follow the voting instructions supplied with your ballot.

*Use blue or black ink to connect the arrow making a single line.

*Call the elections office if you have questions: 360/676-6742, or email us at


*Use pencil or Sharpie style pens to mark your ballot and, please, no erasures or white-out.

*Press hard when connecting your voting arrows. A clean single line will do. No marks need to be made other than in the arrow target area (the space between the head and the tail).

*Write-in frivolous names for offices you can’t decide about or in place of candidates you don’t want. Mickey Mouse is not available to serve. Frivolous write-ins slow the count.

*Delay getting your ballot mailed in. Mailed ballots must be postmarked no later than November 6 so check carefully when the last mail pickup is in your area.  

*Delay if using a ballot drop box. Drop boxes close at 8 p.m. sharp election day. If you are in line by that time your ballot will be accepted. Any ballots received after that will be marked late and will not count.