Voter guide has information on Whatcom election candidates

No long lines for Washington voters. Your ballot arrived by mail and, while you have until election day to vote, if you’re ready to vote now, The Bellingham Herald’s 2020 Voter Guide can help inform you about local and state candidates and measures.

First, your deadlines.

Ballots were mailed Oct. 16 but it make take several days to reach you. You have until Wednesday, Oct. 21, to contact the auditor at 360-778-5100 or auditor@co.whatcom.wa.us to get a replacement ballot.

If you’re unsure about your registration status, you can check on it by visiting the Washington Secretary of State’s website.

You have until Monday, Oct. 26, to register to vote or change your address online or by mail.

You can still register in person at the Whatcom County Auditor’s Office, 311 Grand Ave., from Tuesday, Oct. 27, until polls close at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3. Face coverings and social distancing

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Fewer K-12 students enrolled in Whatcom schools during COVID

Enrollment in nearly all of Whatcom County’s seven public school districts have dropped, some sharply, likely because of COVID-19 and the uncertainty caused by the pandemic, according to new figures and a news release from the state on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Hundreds of Whatcom families didn’t enroll students in public schools for the start of the school year, a trend that’s being seen statewide.

In Whatcom County, only Meridian School District had an increase.

Statewide, enrollment dropped by 2.8% in the state’s public K-12 schools, or nearly 31,000 students out of Washington’s total of nearly 1.1 million, according to a news release from the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

“We are not alone in this,” said Chris Reykdal, superintendent of Public Instruction. “As our nation continues to fight the spread of COVID-19, states across the country are seeing changes in K–12 enrollment as families make decisions about

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