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Voting & Tax Information

Locate information for voting, tax forms, publications, and local sources of assistance.

Voting

Secretary of State – VoteWA

Register to vote online (you will need a Washington State Driver License or ID), check your voter registration status, or update your name or address.

Whatcom County Auditor’s Office

Felons and Voting Rights

If you were convicted of a felony in a Washington State Court, your right to vote is restored automatically once you are no longer under the authority of the Department of Corrections, but you must register to vote, or re-register to vote.

Local

Whatcom County Auditor’s Office – Elections

View your sample ballot, and the Whatcom County Official Local Voters’ pamphlet.

State

Secretary of State – Elections

https://voter.votewa.gov/WhereToVote.aspx
Access the General Election Voters’ Guide, view the local voters’ guide for your county or login to VoteWA for a personalized Voters’ Guide.

Whatcom County Auditor’s Office Ballot Drop Box locations

Whatcom County Auditor’s Office

Click ‘maps’. Your ballot will also identify your districts.

Local

Whatcom County Auditor’s Office – Elections
https://www.whatcomcounty.us/1732/Current-Election
Dates for the current election including registration deadlines

State

Secretary of State – Elections
Dates and deadlines
Election calendar

Whatcom County Auditor’s Office – Current Election Information
Scroll down to ‘Election Results’. This list shows results for Whatcom County only.

Secretary of State – Elections
Find current and past election results. Lists show results for Washington State.

Electoral College
For presidential elections, the Electoral College totals determine who wins the presidential election. Access this site for more information.

Washington State Legislature

Find your district representatives and their contact information.

Unites States House of Representatives for Washington State

Identify Senators and Representatives for Washington State and view contact information.

Vote Smart

Vote Smart has lists of all political parties in all the states. Includes contact information and links to websites.

Local

League of Women Voters Bellingham/Whatcom County

The League is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. They hold General Election Forums throughout the county, and offers access to recordings of those forums on their website.

Local newspapers online

State and National

Washington State Wire

Washington State Wire is an independent nonpartisan news gathering organization focusing on Washington state government and the policies that affect Washington residents’ daily lives.

Proquest

Find articles from thousands of magazines, journal, and newspapers. Remote access requires a library card number and PIN.

USA – Voting and Elections

Find answers to common questions about voting in the United States, including the presidential election process and resources for deciding who to vote for.

State

Public Disclosure Commission (PDC)

Explore your own voting district’s candidate financial information. Go further and research the database on financing for political committees, ballot measure committees, lobbying, and all types of candidates.

National

Federal Election Commission (FEC)

The FEC is an independent regulatory agency that administers and enforces federal campaign finance law. The FEC has jurisdiction over the campaigns for the U.S. House, Senate, Presidency, and the Vice Presidency. Search for candidates, and contributions to those candidates.

Taxes

All available income tax materials can be downloaded from the IRS website. They also can be ordered for delivery by mail.

Patrons can use library computers, WiFi, and printers to download and print tax materials, and find helpful tax preparation resources.

Due to Internal Revenue Service cutbacks, taxpayers seeking printed tax forms will find fewer of them in public libraries.  Any materials we receive are located near the Help Desk on the main floor of the Central Library.

UPDATE 3/11/2020: AARP TAX FILING ASSISTANCE SUSPENDED.

The Tax-Aide Program of the AARP Foundation provides free tax preparation assistance in Bellingham.  Please note: These services are being provided at this location:

AARP Tax-Aide Services 2020
First Congregational Church of Bellingham
2401 Cornwall Avenue
Map to First Congregational Church

Tax preparation volunteers will help people with federal income tax returns. Days, times and other details about the assistance program are available on the Tax Filing Assistance page.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide national website

Internal Revenue Service
Download tax forms, file your tax return, get your refund status, pay your tax bill, or get help.

Whatcom Asset Building Coalition
Locate all the free tax assistance available in Whatcom County