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.

2023 Election Observer Information Sessions 

Dates TBD


     Watch the Oct. 17, 2022 recording here: https://youtu.be/ETJGz5qgMRA

Watch the mentioned ERIC video here.

      Watch the July 11, 2022 recording here: https://youtu.be/1ZvnMp2WZ3Y 

      PowerPoint Slides (PDF)

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. A daily schedule can be found on our homepage when we are processing ballots.


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. 


2023 Canvassing Board Members: 

Garth Fell, County Auditor

Jared Mead, County Council Chair

Jason Cummings, County Prosecuting Attorney

     Canvassing Board Administrative Rules (PDF)


February 14 Special Election Canvassing Board Meetings

February 23, 11 a.m.             Review questioned ballots

February 24, 1 p.m.               Certify the election

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