Local Election

Whatcom voters advised to use ballot boxes on Election Day

General-election ballots are due by 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4.

The Whatcom County Auditor’s Office asks that voters not send their ballots through the mail on Tuesday because they may not be postmarked in time to be counted.

Turn in ballots at one of eight ballot drop boxes around the county. For locations, go to whatcomcounty.us/auditor and click on “Ballot Drop Box Locations.”

Registered voters in the county are deciding contested races for U.S. House of Representatives, state representative, Public Utility District commissioner, state Supreme Court justice and charter review commissioner; two gun initiatives and a class-size initiative; and advisory votes on tax increases.

Other ballot items that are not countywide are for state senator, a name change for Blaine, a Ferndale gas tax, levies for Whatcom fire districts 11 and 18, and a construction bond for the Lynden Regional Park and Recreation District.