Eric Bemis drops off his ballot with Bixx the dog  in downtown Bellingham, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017.
Eric Bemis drops off his ballot with Bixx the dog in downtown Bellingham, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Philip A. Dwyer pdwyer@bhamherald.com
Eric Bemis drops off his ballot with Bixx the dog in downtown Bellingham, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Philip A. Dwyer pdwyer@bhamherald.com

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