Every election, the Clark County Auditor’s Office provides an online and printed voters’ guide with information about candidates and ballot measures for voters to make informed decisions when voting. The February voters’ guide includes 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 statement for a local ballot measure. If the group cannot identify anyone to oppose the ballot measure, then the Elections Office staff attempts to identify citizens interested in authoring such a statement.
For the February 2023 special election, the Elections Office, as the filing officer, has identified three propositions that do not have citizens appointed to write a statement against: a ballot proposition from the city of Vancouver for an Affordable Housing Levy; and two ballot propositions from Washougal School District for a Replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy and a Replacement Capital Levy for Instructional Technology, Health and Safety Improvements.
To review the complete text of the resolutions, ballot language and other resolutions for the February special election ballot, visit clarkvotes.org and follow the link to Feb. 14, 2023, Special Election Information located near the top of the page.
Any registered voter interested in writing an opposing statement is asked to contact Cathie Garber of the Clark County Elections Department at 564.397.2345. Please call soon as the deadline is 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 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 online voters’ guide."
Greg Kimsey, Auditor, 564.397.2078
Cathie Garber, Elections director, 564.397.2345