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 whatcomcounty.us/auditor 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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