The final month of the 16th Legislative District’s most expensive electoral race on record has been highlighted by two issues: Water bottling and campaign finance.
Like the next note in a common melody, Walla Walla County Elections Supervisor Dave Valiant knows the question that keeps on coming up whenever his staff members answer the phone: "Where's my ballot?"
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Answers to your questions about how to make sure your vote counts. Click a button for more details.
How do you register to vote?
There are three ways someone can register to vote. With COVID, we are encouraging anyone who has access to the internet to access the statewide website, voteWA.gov. That is the website where any Washington state resident who needs to register to vote can go online and enter their information, and that will register them to vote. It will also update their information, so any address change that needs to happen can happen on that website as well.
If you don’t have access to the internet, you can contact our office and we can mail you a voter registration form. Fill it out, mail it back to us and then we’ll register you to vote.
Lastly, we are a same-day voter registration state. That means voters have until 8 o’clock on Election Day to register to vote. So if it is Election Day or the day before and you’re still not registered, you can still come in-person and register to vote in order to ensure that you participate.
Ballots need to returned to red county drop boxes by 8 p.m. Nov. 3, or postmarked by Nov. 3 if mailed, to be counted.
How do you fill out a ballot? What if you mess up a race?
There are instructions on the ballot regarding filling in the rectangle. Every county’s ballot looks slightly different. In order to vote, what you’re doing is you’re filling in the rectangle next to the answer or the candidate for which you choose to vote for. If you make a mistake, it’s not a problem. There are also instructions on how to correct that mistake.
Do voters have to use a black or blue pen? What if they use a pencil?
We encourage all voters to use a black pen when voting, but if you don’t, it’s OK. It is an extra step when processing the ballot. It will take us a little longer. But we will make sure that your vote still counts.
How should I submit my ballot this year?
County election officials are encouraging voters to submit their ballot the same way they always have - whether that's by mail or at one of the 15 drop boxes across the county.
Do I need to be concerned about using the postal service?
Washington has been vote-by-mail since 2005, so the county has a lot of experience in conducting elections by mail. Yakima County election administrators say they're confident that not only will you receive your ballot in a timely manner in order to vote, but that if your ballot is mailed by election day it'll arrive in a timely manner to count it.
How do I find a drop box?
There are a couple different ways. You can visit VoteWA.gov. Among other things it lists all the different locations where you can drop your ballot off. You'll also receive a list of those ballot drop boxes in the ballot packet.
With election day around the corner, candidates for Walla Walla County Superior Court and Walla Walla County commissioner shared their views during a Thursday night virtual forum.
The three candidates aiming for the state Senate seat being left open by Republican Sen. Maureen Walsh of College Place have their eyes on similar issues.
The COVID-19 crisis, childcare, homelessness and other social issues were front and center Tuesday night during the first of two live, online forums this week for candidates on the primary ballot.
MEET THE CANDIDATES: Q&A
- Q&A: Washington State Senator, 16th Legislative Dist.
- Q&A: State Representative, 16th Legislative Dist. Pos. 1
- Q&A: 16th Legislative District, Pos. 2
- Q&A: Columbia County Commissioner, Dist. 2
- Q&A: Columbia County Superior Court Judge
- Q&A: Walla Walla County Superior Court Judge, Pos. 1
- Q&A: Walla Walla County Commissioner, Dist. 1
OUR VIEW: THE U-B ENDORSES
Endorsements are decided by the Union-Bulletin Editorial Board and are independent of the organization's news coverage.
- U-B endorsements for November’s General Election
- Chris Reykdal is choice for state's school chief
- While Measure 90 will impact few schools, it should be approved
- Lands Commissioner Franz has earned second term
- Denny Heck is clear choice for lieutenant governor
- Pat McCarthy has earned second term as state auditor
- Kreidler should be re-elected insurance commisioner
- Inslee's leadership in pandemic has earned him another term
- Ferguson has earned third term as attorney general
- McMorris Rodgers remains choice to serve in Congress
- Mike Mitchell better choice for Superior Court judge
- Secretary of State Wyman deserves to be re-elected
- Duane Davidson should be re-elected state treasurer
- Esparza has edge in race for county commission
- Garbe Reser strongest of two top candidates for state Senate
- Biden is clear choice for president
- Approve ESJR 8212 and ignore advisory ballots
- Rep. Skyler Rude should be re-elected to House
- U-B begins endorsements