Ballots for the Nov. 7 election are due in one week. Ballots deposited in a drop box don’t need postage and may be dropped off until 8 p.m. Election Day. If you return your ballot in the mail, a 49-cent stamp is required and the ballot must have a postmark no later than Nov. 7 to be counted.
In Bellingham, all voters can cast ballots for all district and at-large seats. All voters in the county can cast ballots for all Port of Bellingham races and the County Council at-large seat. Other County Council district representatives will be selected by voters in those districts.
The Whatcom County ballot also includes Proposition 2017-6, a two-tenths of 1 percent public safety and jail facilities sales and use tax. Shoppers would pay 20 cents of every $100 spent on non-food purchases toward the 480-bed jail, until the tax ends in 2048.
Candidates have been busy campaigning at election forums and with cards sent to mailboxes across Whatcom County. The Bellingham/Whatcom League of Women Voters, among others, held candidate forums for Whatcom County Council, Bellingham City Council and Port of Bellingam.
The posts are all non-partisan, but political parties have supported candidates.
Whatcom Democrats urged support for Rud Brown, Todd Donovan, Rebecca Boonstra and Barry Buchanan for County Council; Michael Shepard and Barry Wenger for Port Commission; and Michael Lilliquist and Roxanne Murphy, along with Gene Knutson and Pinky Vargas who are running unopposed, for Bellingham City Council.
The Whatcom County GOP website recommends support for Philip Morgan, Mary Kay Robinson and Tyler Byrd for County Council; Eric Bostrom for Bellingham Council; and Dan Robbins and Ken Bell for Port Commission.
Candidates for Bellingham, Port and County Council reported raising $454,672 for their campaigns, according to the Public Disclosure Commission Monday.
Bellingham City Council
Ward 6 incumbent Lilliquist faces Bellingham School Board member Quenby Peterson. Lilliquist has raised $6,911. Peterson has raised $666.
Whatcom County Council
In the 1st District, race, County Council member Browne has raised $37,290. Morgan is not required to disclose contributions as a “mini filer” who will raise and spend no more than $5,000.
Port of Bellingham
The Whatcom County Auditor’s Office, whatcomcounty.us/1728/Voters, has links to help you find a ballot drop box and check if your ballot has been received.
See your districts online: