Observe the Elections Process

In support of open, transparent and accessible elections, the public are welcome to observe the elections process and Canvassing Board meetings.

Election Observer Training

To assist observers in getting the most out of their visit, Snohomish County Elections offers observer training for the major political parties and the public. The training provides an overview of the elections process and an introduction to the basic rules of conduct we expect all observers to follow.

While attending observer training is not a requirement of observing the elections process, trained observers will receive priority if we must limit the number of observers based on space constraints.

2021 Election Observer Training Schedule


Election Observation

Anyone who wishes to observe parts of the election process may do so by visiting the Ballot Processing Center. You will be asked to check in with staff and to follow the observation rules. 

Election Observer Opportunities (PDF)

This document contains information on the dates, times, location, and subject of observation opportunities.

Official Observer and Visitor Rules (PDF)  

A list of rules all elections observers are required to follow. The rules are designed to maintain the secrecy of votes, to ensure the security of the elections process, and to keep observers and staff safe.

Canvassing Board Meetings

The Snohomish County Canvassing Board reviews challenged ballots, verifies vote counts, and administers recounts if needed. The board has three members: the County Auditor, the Chair of the County Council, and the County Prosecuting Attorney, or their chosen representatives. Canvassing Board meetings are held in the Auditor's Office and are open to the public, candidates, and political party representatives.

January 13, 3 p.m. Annual Canvassing Board Meeting

The Snohomish County Canvassing Board will hold its annual meeting to delegate authority to  Elections staff to accomplish tasks associated with elections and to review, consider, and adopt any changes to Canvassing Board administrative rules.

February 9 Special Election Canvassing Board Meetings

February 18, 11 a.m. - Review questioned ballots

February 19, 1 p.m. - Certify the election

If you have any additional questions, please contact Elections at 425-388-3444.