Submit ballots by February 9

Election Day is Tuesday, February 9 and all Whatcom County school districts and Fire Protection District 8 are on the ballot. In order to count, your ballot must be postmarked no later than February 9. County auditor Debbie Adelstein recommends mailing it a day earlier to ensure a valid postmark.

To save a 49-cent stamp, voters are encouraged to deposit their ballot in an official drop box. Ballots deposited in a drop box don’t need postage and are open until 8 p.m. on Election Day. Voters are reminded that six new ballot drop boxes were added throughout the county in the fall. The new locations are:

Behind the Sumas post office, 534 Railroad Avenue, Sumas; Haggen Sehome Village, 210 36th Street (in the northeast corner of the parking lot),  Bellingham; Laurel Grange, 6172 Guide Meridian (Meridian Middle School no longer has a drop box), Bellingham; North Whatcom Fire and Rescue Station, 4581 Birch Bay-Lynden Road, Birch Bay; North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Road, Maple Falls and Sudden Valley, gate 1 at the security office turnaround.

Traditional drop boxes are still open and voters can find the locations online at or in the Voters’ Pamphlet enclosed with ballots.

Contact the election division at the auditor’s office immediately at 360/778-5102 if you haven’t received your ballot. Relay calls gladly accepted.

For additional information, contact Adelstein at 360/778-5105.

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