Receiving Your Ballot: Ballots for the special election will be mailed to registered voters on January 19. Voters should receive a ballot by January 26. Contact the Auditor’s office for a replacement if yours is lost or damaged, or go online to www.VoteWA.gov to print a replacement.
Participating Jurisdictions: 1.) Bellingham School District 501 Proposition 2022-3 General Obligation Bonds - $122,000,000 2.) Ferndale School District 502 Proposition 2022-1 School Programs and Operations Replacement Levy, and 3.) Whatcom County Rural Library District Proposition 2022-2 Establishing the Birch Bay Library Capital Facility Area. For additional information on this election, visit the Whatcom County Auditor’s Current Election website at www.co.whatcom.wa.us/1732/Current-Election.
Returning Your Ballot: You may vote and return your ballot as soon as you receive it in the mail. Return your ballot in an official ballot drop box by 8:00 pm on February 8 OR the mail with a postmark by February 8. We do not recommend mailing your ballot after February 1.
Special Election Registration Deadlines: 1) Monday, January 31 is the deadline for online registration
and address updates. If mailing a registration form, it must be received at the Auditor’s Office by January 31. 2) Starting Tuesday, February 1 citizens needing to register or update their address in time for the special election must appear in person at the Whatcom County Auditor’s Office. 3) The deadline for in person registrations and updates is 8:00 pm on February 8.
How to Register or Update Your Address: Go online at www.VoteWA.gov if you have a current Washington State driver license or ID card. Or complete a Washington State Voter Registration form and return in the mail. Registration forms are available on our website, or contact us to have a form mailed to you, if time allows. Or visit us In-Person at the Whatcom County Auditor’s Office, Election Division: 311 Grand Avenue, Suite 103.
Voters Requiring Assistance & Other Information: An accessible voting unit (AVU) is equipped with visual and audio technology. Voters requiring assistance may vote on the AVU starting January 19.
Meeting Dates & Times: Open public meetings will be held in the Election Center, 311 Grand Avenue, Suite B03, Bellingham. Meeting dates, times, and/or locations are subject to change.
January 19 – February 17 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Processing of Ballots
January 20 10:00 am Logic & Accuracy test
February 10 10:00 am Manual Hand Count (audit)
February 17 2:00 pm Canvassing Board to Review Challenged Ballots
February 18 10:00 am Canvassing Board Certification of Election
For more information, contact the Election Division at (360) 778-5102 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Election Division website at https://www.whatcomcounty.us/1574/Elections