Your Vote Counts for the November 7 General Election

Information from Whatcom County Auditor.  

Ballots were mailed on October 18.  They can be returned in an official ballot drop box up until 8:00 pm on Election Day, November 7th.  Three new drop boxes have been installed: Acme Elementary School, Custer Elementary School, and inside the International Marketplace in Point Roberts. We hope voters will enjoy the convenience of the added locations, Auditor Adelstein said.  Ballots deposited in a drop box do not need postage.  All 18 locations are printed on the insert that will be enclosed with the ballot and are also printed in the Local Voters’ Pamphlet.

If returning your ballot through the mail, a 49-cent stamp is required and the ballot must have a postmark no later than November 7 to be counted.  The USPS now recommends mailing your ballot one week before Election Day.

If a voter doesn’t receive their ballot by October 27th, they should call the Election Division of the Auditor’s Office at (360) 778-5102.  

For additional information contact:  County Auditor Debbie Adelstein at (360) 778-5105 or Chief Deputy Auditor Diana Bradrick at (360) 778-5130.


Election Forums Rebroadcast on BTV Bellingham

Election Forums Rebroadcast on BTV Bellingham

Election forums presented at the Bellingham City Hall will be rebroadcast regularly on BTV until November 6. The program schedule is available here. 

Pro/Con Debate on the Public Safety and Jail Facilities Sales and Use Tax will be rebroadcast on Tuesday, 9:20 am, Friday, 11:00 am and Wednesday, 3:00 pm. 

Candidates for County Council and Bellingham School Board Director positions will be rebroadcast on Thursday, 9:00 am, Friday, 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm

For Comcast subscribers, BTV is found in standard definition on channel 10 and in high definition on channel 321. 

For Century-Link video service subscribers BTV can be viewed in both standard definition and high definition. 

Jail Diversions: The World of the Possible

We are pleased to share the video of an outstanding program from 2017.

League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County presented an informative program exploring criminal justice solutions that can help reduce incarceration. Judge Cedric Kerns was our featured speaker bringing his experience with therapeutic courts that are in use in his community of Las Vegas.

Watch a video recording of the program here. 

August Primary: Notice from Auditor's Office

Notice of August 1, 2017, Primary Election

Registration Deadlines: 
Monday, July 3, is the deadline for mail-in registrations or address changes to be eligible to vote in the August 1 Primary Election. July 3 is also the deadline for online registrations or address changes at

Voters can continue to register in-person until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, July 24, at the Whatcom County Auditor's Office (311 Grand Avenue, Suite 103, Bellingham). 

The election will be conducted entirely by mail and ballots will be mailed only to the following precincts: 124, 125, 130, 135, 136, 139-183, 201-269, 301-304, 401, 402, 601-611, 701, and 801.

Voters Requiring Assistance & Other Information:
Voting assistance for elderly and disabled individuals is available at the Whatcom County Auditor's Office or call 360-778-5102. Election and voter registration information, registration forms, and election ballots are also available at the Auditor's Office.

Voters' Pamphlet:
For a listing of candidates and the Fire Protection District 16 ballot measure, refer to the Whatcom County Auditor's website at to view the online voters' guide. Voters' pamphlets will be mailed to household addresses and available at the Auditor's Office beginning July 12. 

Meeting Dates & Times:
Open public meetings for the August 1 Primary Election will be held on the dates and times listed below, at the Whatcom County Courthouse (311 Grand Avenue, Suite 103, Bellingham). Meeting dates, times, and/or locations are subject to change. 

  • July 11: Logic & Accuracy Test of the Accessible Voting Units (10:00 a.m.)
  • July 12 - August 14: Processing of Ballots (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
  • July 27: Logic & Accuracy Test of the 400C Optical Scan Readers (2:00 p.m.)
  • August 10: Canvassing Board Meeting/Review Challenged Ballots (2:00 p.m., Auditor's Office Conference Room)
  • August 15: Canvassing Board Meeting/Certification of Election (3:00 p.m., Auditor's Office Conference Room)

Dated June 22, 2017
Issued by Debbie Adelstein, Whatcom County Auditor and Ex-Officio Supervisor of Elections