Whatcom County primary ballots in the mail Wednesday

Some registered voters in Whatcom County will receive ballots in the mail after the county Elections Department sends them on Wednesday, July 15.

Only a handful of races appear on the primary ballot, and not everybody in the county will be asked to cast votes by Election Day, Aug. 4.

Races of note involve seats on the Port of Bellingham commission (District 3 only), the County Council (District 1 only) and Ferndale mayor. Other contests that drew more than two candidates, and hence appear on the primary ballot, are in the Bellingham and Blaine school districts, and Ferndale City Council. A property tax levy for emergency medical services is on the ballot in Fire District 16 (South Fork Valley).

Voters who think they should receive a ballot but don’t see it by July 24 are asked to contact the Auditor’s Office at 360-676-6742.

The county voters pamphlet also should come in the mail this week.

Ballots are due by 8 p.m. Aug. 4, either by U.S. mail or in an official ballot drop box.

More information is at whatcomcounty.us/auditor.