Whatcom County Council to vote on reorganized voting precincts

Published on Fri, Apr 20, 2012 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Statewide redistricting has required the Whatcom County Auditor’s Office to reorganize the county’s voting precincts, and the Whatcom County Council is set to approve these changes at its April 24 meeting.

County council members will vote on an ordinance establishing the county’s new voting precincts, of which there are currently 120. The city of Blaine, for example, comprises precincts 301, 302 and 303.

The precinct changes, necessitated by population changes that shifted most of Whatcom County into Washington’s first congressional district,  will add 58 precincts to Whatcom County, bringing the total number to 178. The city of Blaine will encompass one additional precinct (precinct 304), but I have not yet been able to figure out how many precincts will be added to the Birch Bay area or the Blaine Urban Growth Area. I’ll attempt to get an answer to these questions from the county auditor for next week’s issue.

These changes will not affect the average resident much, other than most likely necessitating a new voter registration card. According to the county  auditor’s office, the mailing of new cards must be completed 30 days before candidate filing week begins on May 14. Thirty days before May 14 is April 30.

Click here to see the council’s agenda bill for this ordinance, which lists all the precincts and their legal descriptions. The April 24 Whatcom County Council meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the county council chambers in Bellingham. Click here for the council’s full agenda for that evening.



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