Every election, the Clark County Auditor’s Office provides a voters’ guide with information about candidates and ballot measures for voters to make an informed decision when voting. The voters’ guide includes statements by and photographs of candidates for elective offices as well as local ballot measures with supporting and opposing statements written by citizens.
A legislative body placing a measure on the ballot can appoint a committee to write a supporting statement and another committee to write an opposing statement. But often, the Elections Office receives only a supporting argument for a local ballot measure. If the group cannot identify anyone to oppose the ballot measure, no opposing statement is written or submitted.
If the Elections Office does not receive a supporting or opposing statement for a local ballot measure, the staff attempts to identify citizens interested in authoring such a statement. For the August 2021 Primary, the Elections Office, as the filing officer, has received two propositions: a ballot proposition from the Town of Yacolt for an EMS Excess levy, and a proposition from Clark County EMS District No. 1 for an EMS Excess levy.
Both districts were unable to identify anyone to write statements against their measures. To review the complete text of the resolutions, ballot language and explanatory statements for the August primary ballot, visit clarkvotes.org and follow the link to Aug. 3, 2021, Primary Information located near the top of the page.
Any registered voter of the Clark County EMS District No. 1 and any registered voter of the Town of Yacolt interested in writing an opposing statement for the jurisdiction they are residing in, is asked to contact Cathie Garber of the Clark County Elections Department at (564) 397-2345. Please call soon; the deadline is 4 p.m. Friday, May 21.
“The public is best served by providing information which presents a fair and balanced debate on the merits of local measures submitted for a vote,” said Auditor Greg Kimsey. “We urge anyone interested to help us get their opposing statements to these local measures into the online voters’ guide."
Greg Kimsey, Auditor, 564.397.2078
Cathie Garber, Elections director, 564.397.2345