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About 3/4 of Whatcom ballots still out in presidential primary

Donald Trump supporters hold a banner and wave at passing cars before Trump’s rally at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds on May 7 in Lynden. Ballots for Washington state’s presidential primary are due May 24, but all of Trump’s opponents have already dropped out and Democrats don’t use the primary results to award delegates.
Donald Trump supporters hold a banner and wave at passing cars before Trump’s rally at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds on May 7 in Lynden. Ballots for Washington state’s presidential primary are due May 24, but all of Trump’s opponents have already dropped out and Democrats don’t use the primary results to award delegates. eabell@bhamherald.com

More than a quarter of registered Whatcom County voters have returned their ballot, despite it being rather meaningless in choosing a candidate for president.

As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, the Whatcom County Auditor’s Office had received 34,986 ballots, a 26.4 percent turnout.

On the Republican side, all the candidates on the May 24 primary ballot have dropped out except Donald Trump, who recently made a campaign stop in Lynden. Democrats in Washington state don’t use the results of the primary to allocate delegates. That was done during caucuses in March, with Bernie Sanders coming out on top.

To vote in this primary, voters must declare a party and then vote for a candidate in that party. Ballots are due by 8 p.m. May 24 at drop boxes or postmarked by that date. For more about your ballot or the primary, go to co.whatcom.wa.us and look under News for links to election information.

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