The county auditor and the U.S. Postal Service both recommend we mail our ballots this close to Election Day, this coming Tuesday, August 4. In fact, they recommended not mailing after last Tuesday, July 28. So, mailing now has a high chance of being futile. Too late already.
The auditor has drop boxes in very convenient locations all over the county. In Bellingham proper, there are only three - the courthouse, Sehome Village Mall, and on Western’s campus. Still - find the most convenient one and drop off your ballot.
Drop your ballot before 8 p.m. Tuesday.
John Lewis - our late great civil rights icon - urged us to vote. He marched to enable Blacks to exercise their constitutional right to vote - which was denied them by the southern states - as they are doing again. Voting is our most valuable and powerful right.
A public note to our auditor: The city of Bellingham desperately needs four more ballot drop boxes. I privately urged our previous auditor for years to add more in the city and she would not. I never got a straight answer as to why not. The number of ballots dropped at the city boxes shows that the only two we residents have access to is completely inadequate. Half the population of the county is served by two drop boxes. What is one to do when pulling up to the Sehome Village drop box only to see it stuffed and impossible to put any more in?
Four new drop boxes: one at I-5 and Fairhaven Parkway; one on Lakeway, perhaps at Yew Street; one on Northwest Ave, perhaps at Birchwood Ave; and one near Sunset Drive or Barkley Village. Those would work, although maybe those locations can be improved on. They are needed. And there is time before the general election.