Birch Bay gains at least eight voting precincts

Published on Mon, May 7, 2012 by Jeremy Schwartz

Read More The Lighthouse Blog

This screen capture shows the precincts that now make up the Birch Bay area after the Whatcom County Council voted to approve voting precinct changes the last week of April. Photo courtesy of the Whatcom County Auditor's Office.

A nearly 70 percent jump in population over the last 10 years has contributed to the addition of at least eight voting precincts in the Birch Bay area.

Recently released Whatcom County voting precinct maps show the Birch Bay area now comprises 10 voting precincts. Before the precinct shifts necessitated by the 2010 census, Birch Bay was made up of precincts 102, 109 and a portion of 103.
Birch Bay now comprises precincts 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 109, 111 and 119.

Some of the biggest changes came to precincts 102 and 109, which formally covered the Birch Point and west-central Birch Bay areas, respectively. Three precincts were sliced off of precinct 102, to form precincts 103, 104 and 105, while 107, 108 and 119 were carved out of percent 109.

According to registered voter population figures released along side the new maps, the Birch Bay area is home to 6,164 registered voters. According to 2010 census figures, 73.2 percent of Birch Bay’s total population of 8,413 is registered to vote.

Click here to see all the new voting precinct maps in one place. Birch Bay is included in a larger (27 megabyte) map that includes all the unincorporated areas of Whatcom County (click here to download just this map).
Click here to read my last story about voting precinct changes in Whatcom County.



Inside the Lighthouse

Welcome to the Lighthouse, the official blog of The Northern Light newspaper. The Lighthouse is the place for some breaking news, previews of upcoming articles, smaller news items and some tidbits of local information that might not make it into the print edition of The Northern Light.

The Northern Light reporter Steve Guntli will be the main contributor to The Lighthouse, but other staff from The Northern Light may add items from time to time.

The Lighthouse is a work in progress and may undergo substantial changes as readers react to the content posted here. The Northern Light kindly asks for the patience of its readers as we edge ever so slightly into the world of blogging.

Thank you, and enjoy The Lighthouse Blog!