Welcome to the League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County! 

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. 

We do not support or oppose any candidates for office or political parties. We want everyone to vote so our elected leaders represent our entire community. We are a voice for all, working to connect people directly with government. We provide and work from facts. We educate. We advocate for change. 

 

What’s Happening/News of LWBWC

You can always catch up with the League by reading our monthly newsletter, The Voter.

January 28: 2017 Program Planning

Join us January 28th at the Bellingham Library from 10 am - 12 noon for our 2017 Program Planning meeting, where we will determine what Washington State issues our local League will focus on over the next two years. We’ll also explore potential topics for educational programs that the League will present in the coming year. Topics are selected to help our members and county residents better understand important issues. These topics may lead us to adopt a formal study or they may be issues that we have already studied but have current interest in the community. Some hot topics already suggested include civic participation, health care, human rights, public education, building a culture of voting, and climate change. Are there other local issues we should consider?

Come prepared to share your passions, listen to others, ask questions, and reach agreement about our priorities for the coming year or two! The doors on the Lottie Stret side of the library will open at 9:30 am and light refreshments will be served in the downstairs lecture room.

Check out the issues that our local League has studied in the past and our Positions that we’ve developed by reviewing details on our website HERE


February 4: Ferndale Meet & Greet

Join the League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County at the Ferndale Public Library on February 4 from 10:30 - noon as we present an informational meeting for both members and prospective members. We want to hear from you about how the League can be an asset to the residents of Ferndale as well as the surrounding communities.

The meeting will be held in the library's large conference room and light refreshments will be served. We hope you will join us to learn more about the League’s work as a resource for Whatcom County voters through voter education, registration, and educational forums. For more information, contact Joy at 360.734.2366.

We look forward to working together in 2017 to build an involved and informed community in Whatcom County! 


Your League is Working for You

Advocacy in our community is one of the roles of the League of Women Voters. After research, study, and deliberation among committee members, followed by Board review, the League will write letters and advocate in support of certain policies or actions. This advocacy work is based on the underlying principles and positions adopted by the League at the local, state, and national level. 

Two letters have been submitted recently by the LWVBWC. The first addresses proposed amendments to Chapter 2 of Whatcom County's Comprehensive Plan, "Land Use," and can be found HERE

The second relates to issues of equity and inclusion in the City of Bellingham's Comprehensive Plan. The LWVBWC urges the Bellingham City Council, and the Planning & Community Development Department to ensure that issues of equity and inclusion are emphasized in the Comprehensive Plan’s introduction, the Land Use Chapter, and woven throughout the document. Our letter to the City of Bellingham can be found HERE.