The League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County is committed to educating and empowering voters and, to that end, undertakes efforts in voter education, voter registration, election monitoring, and public meeting reporting. The LWVBWC also hosts local election forums and publishes a directory of elected officials annually. 


Find information on candidates running to represent YOU through the League of Women Voters. The League's commitment to unbiased voter education and empowerment means we will always share information, straight from the candidates themselves, and give all candidates equal opportunity to share their perspectives. You can find out what candidates have to say by attending our forums or you can visit Vote411 to find out more about candidates and races in your area. Check out Vote411 here.


Would you like to help with our voter education efforts?

Observer Corps  Our Observer Corps currently attends Bellingham City and Whatcom County Council meetings, as well as meetings of the Port of Bellingham, and reports back on the actions taken by those bodies.

Volunteers may livestream these meetings too, if they are inclined, in addition to taking notes and reporting back to the LWVBWC. This is an excellent way to learn more about what our local elected officials do, find out what’s happening in our community, and to foster transparency of government and communication with the public. If you are interested in volunteering with the Observer Corps, volunteer for the Public Meeting Observer Corps here!

Volunteer at our Election Forums  League members are encouraged to volunteer at our Election and Candidate Forums! If you can spare a couple of hours, we can always use volunteers at our forums. This is a great opportunity to learn more about issues and candidates while helping with the voter education process of the LWVBWC. Jobs include, but are not limited to: greeting, ushering, question gathering, timing, question review, and moderating.

Support our Voter Registration Effort  Registering voters not only supports citizen participation in our government, it’s a great way to connect with other members of our community! We have registered voters at local schools, community centers, and elsewhere throughout our county.

Election Observing  The LWVBWC plays a role in election observing, helping to ensure fair elections through monitoring of our democratic process. We can always use volunteers for election observing.

If any of these volunteer opportunities appeal to you, please contact us at

TRY Directory   One of the major services the LWVBWC provides to voters is an annual directory of elected officials, the TRY (They Represent You). The LWVBWC distributes approximately 5,000 copies of the TRY brochure throughout the community. This publication relies on local sponsorships and the dedicated effort of our Voter Services Chair and her team.

Would you like to be a TRY sponsor?

When a business donates $100 in support of this educational effort, its logo is included in the directory. To make a contribution to the TRY and for more information about sponsorship, contact us at

Want a copy of the TRY directory? You can find the TRY here.