Ballots and voters’ booklets are mailed out

WHATCOM — Aug. 4 primary election ballots were mailed out on July 15, the Whatcom  County Auditor’s Office reports.
 
Also, voters are receiving the Local Voters’ Pamphlet for the election at their home addresses.
 
In this election, those races with three or more candidates signed up are narrowed down to the final two for the general election Nov. 3.
 
Whatcom County residents are encouraged to complete registrations and address updates before the July 27 deadline to avoid a trip to the Auditor’s Office in-person as the only other option before election day. Mask wearing and maintaining the 6-foot social distancing standard is required there. 
 
The office is Suite 103 at the County Courthouse, 311 Grand Ave. in Bellingham,
 
Anyone with a Washington State-issued identification can complete their voter registration and address updating online at VoteWA.gov. For those without such a state ID, go to https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/print-voter-registration-forms.aspx and print a registration form to be mailed in.
 
Completed ballots can be returned at all hours in an official elections ballot drop box up until 8 p.m. on election day, Aug. 4. All 18 drop box locations in Whatcom County are printed on the insert enclosed with each ballot, as well as in the Local Voters’ Pamphlet.
 
These are some of the drive-up drop box locations:
  Lynden — on Liberty Street behind the Lynden Library between Third and Fourth streets.
  Everson — behind the Everson WECU branch, 106 Main St.
  Sumas — behind the U.S. Post Office, 534 Railroad Ave. 
  Laurel — at the Laurel Grange building, 6172 Guide Meridian Rd.
  Custer — in front of Custer Elementary School, 7660 Custer School Rd.
  Ferndale — outside Ferndale City Hall, 2095 Main St.
  Blaine — outside the Blaine Library, 610 Third St.
  Birch Bay — outside the North Whatcom Fire & Rescue station, 4581 Birch Bay-Lynden Rd.
  Maple Falls — outside the North Fork Community Library, 7506 Kendall Rd.
  Deming — outside the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Highway.
  Acme — outside Acme Elementary School, 5200 Turkington Rd.
  Lummi — outside Lummi Nation Administration Building, 2665 Kwina Rd.
 
If you decide to return your ballot by mail, the return envelope must be postmarked no later than Aug. 4 for your ballot to be counted. To be sure it makes the cutoff, the U.S. Postal Service recommends putting your ballot in the mail by July 28. 
 
No postage stamp is needed. The state pays for this postage cost. 
 
Any voter who has not received a ballot by July 23 should call the Election Division of the Auditor’s Office at 360-778-5102 or email elections@co.whatcom.wa.us for further instructions. 
 
For more help, call County Auditor Diana Bradrick at 360-778-5105.