Address of Blaine City Council candidate challenged

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJuly 3, 2013 

BLAINE - A candidate's run for Ward 2 of Blaine City Council is being challenged by a Blaine woman who said he doesn't live at the address listed on his voter registration.

The challenge involving candidate Doug Dahl was filed by Kristin Shipp.

"I'm not questioning that he would be a good candidate," Shipp said. "It's a fairness issue."

Shipp is challenging whether Dahl lives at 1378A Bayview Court, which is in Ward 2. She said he resides at 9591 W. 34th Crest.

Dahl is one of four candidates vying for that post in the Aug. 6 primary election. The others are incumbent Charlie Hawkins and challengers David Gallion and Brian Thomasson.

Dahl said he is in the process of moving into the district.

"To me it appears to be a matter of maybe just confusion over where I live because of that transition," he said.

The Whatcom County Canvassing Board will hold a hearing into Shipp's voter registration challenge at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 11, in conference room 514 of Whatcom County Courthouse, 311 Grand Ave., Bellingham. The hearing is open to the public.

The board's decision could have implications for Dahl's candidacy, even though it's a voter registration challenge.

Dahl said that when he filed to run for the office, he told the County Auditor's Office that he didn't yet live at the address inside Ward 2, but that he would before the election.

Dahl said he was told that would be OK as long as he later changed his voter registration address. He didn't recall who he talked to at the Auditor's Office.

"If that information is wrong, then I guess I wouldn't be eligible," Dahl said.

A candidate must be registered to vote at a residence within the district he or she is filing for, according to Diana Bradrick, chief deputy auditor. When candidates file for office, the declaration of candidacy form directs them to fill in the address where they live and are registered to vote at the time of their filing, she added.

Reach KIE RELYEA at kie.relyea@bellinghamherald.com or call 715-2234.

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