Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members. The Board of Directors meets on the first Thursday of each month September through May.

Date & Time        Place        Description
Saturday, September 19, 2015
10am-12pm
Bellingham Public Library
Downstairs Lecture Room
210 Central Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225
Affordable Housing: What's the Plan for Whatcom County's Future?. Join the League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County for a program regarding affordable housing in our community.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
all day
Various Locations National Voter Registration Day. The League will be participating in National Voter Registration Day in support of efforts to ensure that all eligible voters are registered in time to vote in the General Election. All league members are invited to participate. You may volunteer by emailing VoterRegistration@lwvbellinghamwhatcom.org
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
6:30-8:30pm
Bellingham City Council Chambers
210 Lottie Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
LWVBWC Election Forum.

Port of Bellingham
  • Robert Briscoe
  • Gary Jensen
Bellingham School Board
  • Jono Manion
  • Quenby Peterson
Jail Facilities Sales and Use Tax
  • Pro & Con Speakers
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
6:30-8:30pm
Bellingham City Council Chambers
210 Lottie Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
LWVBWC Election Forum.

Whatcom County Executive
  • Joy Gilfilen
  • Jack Louws
Whatcom County Council Elections

District 1 Position B
  • Bruce Ayers
  • Todd Donovan
District 2 Position B
  • Kathy Kershner
  • Satpal Sidhu
Saturday, October 10, 2015
10-noon
Bellingham City Council Chambers
210 Lottie Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
LWVBWC Election Forum - Charter Amendment Propositions. This forum covers all but three of the proposed amendments to the Whatcom County Charter. Due to time constraints, we will not cover the amendments dealing with the numbers of signatures needed to put amendments or initiatives on the ballot, or the number of words in a ballot title.

We will have pro/con speakers for the following propositions and they will be presented in the order listed:

  • Proposition No. 1 METHOD OF ELECTING COUNCIL MEMBERS - changes the charter from nominating by district only vote in the Primary and electing by countywide vote in the General Election, to District Only Voting in both the Primary and the General.

  • Proposition No. 2 LIMITING POWER OF COUNCIL TO AMEND CHARTER Prohibits the County Council from proposing Charter amendments to previous Charter amendments that have been approved by a 2/3 majority of voters, except if the Council adopts a proposal for such amendment by a 7-0 vote.

  • Proposition No. 3 LIMITING POWER OF COUNCIL TO AMEND Prohibits the County Council from proposing any Charter amendment to Charter Sections 2.12 or 2.13, which pertain to the method of nominating and electing County Council members, except if the Council adopts a proposal for such amendment by a 7-0 vote.

  • Proposition No.10 REDUCING PARTISAN AMENDMENTS THROUGH SUPERMAJORITY AGREEMENT Requires any amendment proposed by the County Council or the Charter Review Commission to have a supermajority vote of the of the Commission or Council, with no requirement for a higher number.

  • Proposition No. 7 TERM LIMITS FOR COUNTY EXECUTIVE AND COUNCIL MEMBERS Places term limits upon the County Executive and County Council members of no more than three consecutive full terms to the County Executive and County Council members beginning with the 2017 and 2019 elections.

  • Proposition No. 8 ALTERING COMPOSITION OF DISTRICTING COMMISSION Calls for representation on the districting committee from each political party with a candidate who receives at least 15% of the vote cast in the County in the last gubernatorial primary or presidential election, with a second representative on the committee assigned to each party of which a candidate for those same elections received at least 33% of the vote.

  • Proposition No. 9: ELECTING COUNCIL MEMBERS Creates five equal districts. There shall be one council position nominated from each of the five districts, plus two at-large who shall be nominated without regard to district.