Current Election

Special Election

Election Day: February 8, 2022
Ballots Mailed: January 19, 2022
Accessible Voting Units Available: January 19, 2022
Registered Voters: 107,467 (updated January 27) 
Ballots Returned*: 14,465
Ballots Accepted: 14,333
Election Results: available after 8:00 pm February 8 here
Ballot Return Statistics (Statewide, filter by County)

*Total ballots returned includes received, accepted and rejected ballots. To find out the status of your ballot login to your voter portal at For more information on different ballot statuses view the WA Secretary of State's ballot status codes.

In-Person Services

The special election is not a countywide election.  Only registered voters living in the Bellingham School District 501, Ferndale School District 502, and a portion of the Whatcom County Rural Library District will receive a ballot.  Ballots are mailed on January 19, 2022.

If you need to visit us In-Person, you may.  We are located in Suite 103 of the Whatcom County Courthouse (311 Grand Avenue in Bellingham).  You can register to vote, update your registration, get a replacement ballot.  If possible, please call or email before you visit, we may save you a trip!

Hours:  January 19 - February 8 (Monday-Friday), 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, February 8, 8:30 am - 8:00 pm

Districts Included

  1. Bellingham School District 501, Proposition 2022-3, General Obligation Bonds - $122,000,000.  View original resolution and explanatory statement here.
  2. Ferndale School District 502, Proposition 2022-1, School Programs and Operations Replacement Levy.  View original resolution and explanatory statement here.
  3. Whatcom County Rural Library District, Proposition 2022-2, Establishing the Birch Bay Library Capital Facility Area.  View original resolution and explanatory statement here.

What's on the Ballot

Sample Ballot

Voters' Guide

Registration Deadlines

Monday, January 31
Voter registration and address changes online or by mail must be received at the Whatcom County Auditor's Office by January 31.

February 1 through February 8
Visit our office in person to register to vote or change your address by 8:00 pm Election Day.
View information on registering to vote

​Returning Your Ballot

By Drop Box:

Drop boxes are open January 19 and close at 8:00 pm on Election Day.  No stamp needed.

View Drop Box Location Map
By Mail:

No stamp needed. Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day.