Who are we and what do we do?

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

The League is proud to be nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government, but always working on vital issues of concern to members and the public.

We are a volunteer organization and welcome you to join us. 

We provide and work from facts. 
We advocate for change.
We educate.

 

Address

League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County
Post Office Box 4041
Bellingham, WA 98227-4041

Contact

Phone 360-734-2366
info@lwvbellinghamwhatcom.org

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General Election Forums - Get Ready to Vote 

 The League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County invites the public to attend four election forums and be prepared to vote in the November 6 midterm election. The Forums are recorded by the City of Bellingham and will be replayed on BTV Bellingham until election day. They are also available on the City of Bellingham YouTube Channel.  https://www.youtube.com/user/cityofbhamwa   Watch the October 13 Ballot Issues Forum  here.  The Ballot Issues Forum features pro and con speakers on Initiative 940, Police Training Deadly Force, Initiative 1631, Carbon Emissions Fee, Initiative 1634, Prohibit Local Grocery Taxes, Initiative 1639, Changes to Gun Ownership and Purchases, and the Bellingham Home Fund Levy.  Candidate forums are scheduled on October 17, October 20 and October 24. Before you hire one of these candidates to represent you, learn about their plans and goals. Forum attendees may submit their questions to candidates and speakers. The League is non-partisan, we do not endorse candidates or political parties and we have invited all candidates to participate. More information  here.

The League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County invites the public to attend four election forums and be prepared to vote in the November 6 midterm election. The Forums are recorded by the City of Bellingham and will be replayed on BTV Bellingham until election day. They are also available on the City of Bellingham YouTube Channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/cityofbhamwa

Watch the October 13 Ballot Issues Forum here. The Ballot Issues Forum features pro and con speakers on Initiative 940, Police Training Deadly Force, Initiative 1631, Carbon Emissions Fee, Initiative 1634, Prohibit Local Grocery Taxes, Initiative 1639, Changes to Gun Ownership and Purchases, and the Bellingham Home Fund Levy.

Candidate forums are scheduled on October 17, October 20 and October 24. Before you hire one of these candidates to represent you, learn about their plans and goals. Forum attendees may submit their questions to candidates and speakers. The League is non-partisan, we do not endorse candidates or political parties and we have invited all candidates to participate. More information here.


2018 PRIMARY FORUM - RECAP

This election season the League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County hosted a "Civic Conversation with the Candidates" on July 21 at Bellingham High School. All candidates in local races in which there are more than two choices on the ballot were invited. Candidates who were able to attend participated in moderated forums during the day and also met informally with the voters.  

Watch recordings of the forum on the City of Bellingham YouTube website.

Candidates for the 40th Legislative District Representative, Position 1 (Rud Browne, Debra Lekanoff, Daniel Miller, Tom Pasma, Michael Petrish, Alex Ramel). View recording here. 

Candidates for Whatcom County Council At-Large, Position B (Eric Bostrom, Carol Frazey, and Aaron Thomas). View recording here.  

Candidates for Court of Appeals Judge, Division1, District 3, Position 1(Cecily Hazelrigg-Hernandez, Lisa Keeler, Rita Latsinova, Roger Leishman, and Tom Seguine). View recording here. 

Candidates for 42nd Legislative District Senator (Tom Ballew II and Pinky Vargas). View recording here.  

Candidate for 42nd Legislative District Representative, Position 1 (Justin Boneau). View recording here. 

Thank you to our Media Sponsor: The Bellingham Herald and to the City of Bellingham for recording and broadcast. These programs will also be played on BTV 10 and the schedule for BTV 10 programming is available here.   


Countywide Voter Registration: EVERY VOTE COUNTS

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Voter registration table at Juneteenth Celebration

The League of Women Voters is working to increase voter registration and participation. We are focusing the “Every Vote Counts” campaign on underserved populations, seniors and busy young adults. We will have voter registration tables at locations and events throughout the county to help people register, ensure their address is current, answer questions about the voting process and encourage them to vote.

The campaign will continue up to election day with a goal of increasing voter participation in the mid-term elections, (>59%), to the level of the general election (>80%). If you would like more information about the “Every Vote Counts” campaign, please contact Joy Monjure.