Vancouver, WA ‒ The Clark County Auditor’s Office provides a printed voters’ guide with information about candidates and ballot measures for voters to make an informed decisions when voting the ballot for each primary and general election. 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. Frequently, 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 Elections staff attempts to identify citizens interested in authoring such a statement. For the 2019 August election, the Elections Office has received four propositions: a ballot proposition from Green Mountain School District for a replacement educational programs and operations levy; a proposition from East County Fire and Rescue for a single-year permanent lid lift; a proposition for the Town of Yacolt for a renewal of a 10-year EMS levy; and a proposition for Clark County EMS District 1 for a renewal of a 10-year EMS levy.
Committees have been appointed to write statements supporting these measures, but no district has been able to identify people to write statements against their measures. To review the complete text of the resolutions and ballot language for the August primary and special election ballot, visit clarkvotes.org and follow the link to August 6, 2019, Primary and Special Election Information located near the top of the page.
Any resident who is a member of the district who wants to write an opposing statement to any of these measures is asked to contact Cathie Garber of the Clark County Elections Office at 564.397.2345. Please call soon; the deadline is 4 pm Monday, May 20.
“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 voters’ guide."