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

In League: Shaping Our Future

  • Saturday, November 19, 2016, 9:30am 12:00pm

Everyone is welcome to enjoy a morning with their local League of Women Voters. Learn more about our organization, current League projects, and our future programs by joining us in the Bellingham Public Library’s lecture room at 210 Central Ave. (please enter via the Lottie Street basement entrance). Social hour will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Members and non-members are welcome to bring their questions and ideas for programs, studies, and advocacy in 2017. Let's work together to build an involved and informed community in Whatcom County!

LWVBWC 2016 Election Forums

If you missed any of our election forums, you can watch them online by clicking on the links below.

Forum 1: Saturday, October 15th, 9:30-11:30am

  • 1st District US Congressional Representative Candidates: Suzan DelBene & Robert Sutherland

  • 2nd District US Congressional Representative Candidates: Marc Hennemann & Rick Larsen

  • City of Bellingham Greenways Levy

  • Whatcom County EMS Levy

If you missed Forum 1, you can view it here.

Forum 2: Tuesday, October 18th, 6:30-8:30pm

  • 40th Legislative District State Senate Candidates: Daniel Miller & Kevin Ranker

  • 42nd Legislative District State Representative, Position 1 Candidates: Sharlaine LaClair & Luanne Van Werven

  • 42nd Legislative District State Representative, Position 2 Candidates: Tracy Atwood & Vincent Buys

If you missed Forum 2, you can view it here.

Forum 3: Saturday, October 22nd, 9:30-11:30am
Pro & Con Debate on State Ballot Issues

  • Initiative 732: Carbon Consumption Tax. Concerning reducing specific state taxes and creating a carbon tax.

  • Initiative 1433: Raise-Up Washington. Concerning raising the state minimum wage.

  • Initiative 1464: Government Accountability. Concerning campaign finance reform, disclosure and enforcement, and creation of a public campaign financing program.

If you missed Forum 3, you can view it here.

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.

The League's Vote411 is your one-stop resource for all things election!

Want to find out where the candidates stand? Compare candidates on the issues? Find out who is running in your district? Visit the League of Women Voters' Vote411 page here to find candidates running to represent YOU in 2016.