Observe the Elections Process

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

Election Observer Information Sessions

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

While attending an information session is not a requirement of observing the elections process, observers who have attended will receive priority if we must limit the number of observers based on space constraints. There are two sessions offered in July and October.

2021 Election Observer Information Sessions - Completed 

Election Observation

Anyone who wishes to observe the election process may do so by visiting the Auditor's office. You will check in and follow the observer and visitor rules. 

Election Observer Opportunities (PDF)

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

Observer and Visitor Rules (PDF)  

A list of rules all observers and visitors 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. 

     Canvassing Board Administrative Rules (PDF)

November 2 General Election Canvassing Board Meetings

November 19, 11 a.m. (tentative) - Review questioned ballots 

November 22, 11 a.m. - Review questioned ballots 

November 23, 1 p.m. - Certify the election, authorize and set dates/times for recounts (if needed). 

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