Locate information for voting, tax forms, publications, and local sources of assistance.
Please be aware that tax assistance programs have all been impacted by COVID restrictions and that there are significant changes to how those services can be delivered.
There are three ways in Washington State to register to vote:
Register online, 24 hours a day at the Washington Secretary of State’s VoteWA
website. To register online you will need a Washington State Driver license or
Washington State ID card.
- By mail
Download and print a voter registration form and mail it to Whatcom County, PO Box 369, Bellingham, WA 98227-0369. Forms are available in Español and other languages.
- In person
Register to vote in person at the Whatcom County Auditor’s Office, 311 Grand Avenue Suite 103, starting October 14 through November 3, 2020.
Not sure if you are registered or need to change your address?
Former felons 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.
Your ballot will identify your voting districts. You can also check by map through the
Whatcom County Auditor’s Office.
Find your district representatives in the Washington State Legislature and their contact
Find your Senators and Representatives in the United States Congress and their contact
Use Vote Smart to find a list of political parties in all states. Includes contact information and links to websites.
These resources help you verify facts and claims made by candidates.
Fact Check: A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of
Pennsylvania. Nonprofit, nonpartisan, focused on being a ‘consumer advocate’ for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.
OpenSecrets.org: Center for Responsive Politics. Nonprofit, nonpartisan, focused on tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on eections and public policy.
Politifact: Nonprofit, nonpartisan, focused on looking at specific statements made by politicians and rates them for accuracy. A companion website is PunditFact, a site devoted to fact-checking talking heads (tv and social media commentators).
ProPublica: Nonprofit, independent newsroom, focused on a range of topics including government and politics.
Snopes: Owned by Snopes Media Group, focused on investigating legends, hoaxes, folklore, and misinformation.
AllSides: Not a fact-checking site, but a business that curates stories from right, center, and left learning media so readers can compare how bias influences reporting.
Ballotpedia: Nonprofit, nonpartisan, focused on providing a digital encylopedia of American politics and elections. Covers federal, state, and local politics, elections, and public policy.
The League of Women Voters Bellingham/Whatcom County is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. They hold General Election Forums throughout the county, and offer access to recordings of those
forums on their website.
Read and search local newspapers for election information. Newspapers are in various formats, including the option to read entire daily editions of the Bellingham Herald and other Washington newspaper in full-page image format.
State and National
Washington State Wire
The Wire is an independent nonpartisan news gathering organization focusing on Washington state government and the policies that affect Washinton residents’ daily lives. [Please make ‘Washington State Wire’ the link to ]
Find articles from thousands of magazines, journals, and newspapers on local and national issues and elections. Access from home requires a library card number and PIN (usually the last four digits of your phone number).
USA—Voting and Elections
Use this federal government website to find answers to common questions about voting in the United States, including the presidential election process and voting resources.
Explore your own voting district’s candidate financial information using the Public Disclosure Commission website. Go further and research financing for political committees, ballot measure committees, lobbying, and all types of candidates.
Explore financial contributions to candidates for the U.S. House, Senate, and Presidency on the Federal Election Commission website.
The library has limited supplies of the following/
La biblioteca tiene suministros limitados de los siguientes:
- Booklet containing 1040, 1040 SR (senior), Schedule 1-3, Schedule LEP in English
- 1040, 1040 SR
- Foletto que contiene 1040, 1040 SR SP (Español), Anexos 1-3, Anexo LEP
- 1040 (SP) y 1040 SR (SP)
Unable to contact the IRS? Ask Us how to receive the IRS materials available at the Bellingham Public Library. Library staff can print out and mail forms, but not instructions.
AARP Tax Aid
The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will not be able to provide in-person tax assistance in Bellingham at this time. Taxpayers who have access to a computer and internet, and who are willing to file their own return with the online assistance of a trained and certified Tax-Aide Counselor, may request service beginning February 9 at
Counselors will share your computer screen and guide you through every step of filing your return.
Opportunity Council’s Tax Hotline
Not sure where to start with your taxes or which site is the best to meet your needs? Call the tax hotline and let us help guide you through the process.
Opportunity Council will not be scheduling tax preparation appointments through the hotline, as we are unable to offer tax preparation services this year.
360-746-0100 | Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm
Please leave a message if calling after hours, or if no one is available to take your call. Messages will be returned within 2 business days.
VITA Tax Sites are IRS certified tax preparation sites that provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to households making less than $66,000/year.
–VITA Northwest Indian College – By appointment preferred, call 360-392-4345 or 360-255-4414
Services have been extended through May 17 and will continue to be socially distanced. Identification will be verified, and paperwork will be given to be filled out in your car; then, papers will be collected and interview will take place over the phone. More details available here
February 1 – May 17
Mondays and Wednesdays
8am – 12pm and 1 – 5pm
*Closed February 15
*Closed May 3 – May 7
2522 Kwina Rd., Bellingham, WA 98226
Cooperative Extension (BLDG #20)
TIP: This is the best option for anyone who does not have internet access and/or a computer, tablet, or smart phone, as services are provided in-person. Additionally, there is a computer on site for those who wish to self-serve.
–VITA Western Washington University
Services have been extended through May 17. Preparation services will be virtual by appointment only.
NEW DATES AND TIMES
April 16 – May 17, 2021
February 8 – April 14, 2021
Mondays – Wednesdays
4 – 8pm
9am – 12pm
TIP: This is a good option for anyone who has internet access and a computer, tablet, or smart phone, since communications will take place via Zoom.