Map courtesy of the Whatcom County Auditor's Office.
A population increase close to 70 percent since the 2000 census means Birch Bay will now have 10 voting precincts.
Previously, Birch Bay had precincts 102, 109 and a portion of 103.Birch Bay now has precincts 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 109, 111 and 119. Population changes also added a fourth voting precinct to the city of Blaine, so it now has precincts 301, 302, 303 and 304.
Precinct information is used by government and private entities to analyze population trends and by local political parties to organize caucus locations. Precinct boundary changes do not have much of an effect on individual residents.
Some of the biggest changes came to Birch Bay precincts 102 and 109, which formerly covered the Birch Point and west-central Birch Bay areas, respectively. Three precincts grew out of precinct 102 to form precincts 103, 104 and 105, while 107, 108 and 119 make up what was formerly precinct 109.
Registered voter population figures released with the new maps show that the Birch Bay area is home to 6,164 registered voters; 73 percent of Birch Bay’s total population of 8,413.
In the Blaine area, precinct 304 was added between precincts 301 and 302 and stretches north to the border, east to 6th Street, south to H Street and west to Blaine marina. I-5 used to form the border between precincts 301 and 302 but now runs straight through precinct 304.
Blaine is home to 2,891 registered voters, according to the county elections office. Nearly 62 percent of Blaine’s total 4,684 residents are registered to vote.
The Whatcom County Auditor’s Office is in the process of sending every registered voter in the county an updated voter ID card. For more information on the new voting precincts, visit the auditor's website.