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Columbia County
341 E. Main St.
Dayton, WA 99328

Secure Drop Box

Open 24 hours a day – 7 days a week beginning 18 days before election day through 8:00 PM Election Day.  

Drop your voted ballot at one of the following locations:

Columbia County Courthouse
341 E Main 


Starbuck City Hall
200 Main St. Starbuck

*Drop boxes are closed and sealed at 8:00pm Election Day. No ballots can be accepted
after the drop box has been closed.

Frequently asked questions

What is a ballot drop box

A ballot drop box is another way to securely return your ballot.

When are drop boxes open
Drop boxes will be open to accept ballots 19 days prior to and including Election Day. They will be open 24 hours each day and will close at 8:00pm on Election Day. 

How do I use a ballot drop box

Carefully follow the instructions on the ballot envelope. Place the ballot in the security envelope, seal all envelopes, sign the outer envelope, and deposit your ballot packet into the box.

How do I know my ballot is secure

Ballots are collected from each drop box regularly by two Columbia County Elections staff. Two official elections staff will use a chain of custody process to transport all ballots. Election staff immediately verify the number of ballots transported from each drop box.  The signature on every ballot is checked against the voter’s registration file and if it matches, the ballot moves forward.

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