Vancouver, Wash. ‒ Every election, the Clark County Auditor’s Office provides a voters’ guide with information about candidates and ballot measures for voters to make informed decisions 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 2020 November General Election, the Elections Office, as the filing officer, has received two propositions from the city of Washougal.
The city of Washougal was not able to identify people to write a statement against the proposition for a Levy Lid Lift. To review the complete text of the resolution, ballot language and the other local resolution for the November General election ballot, visit clarkvotes.org and follow the link to Nov. 3, 2020, General Election Information located near the middle of the page.
Any city of Washougal resident who wants to be on a committee to write the opposing statement for this levy lid lift is asked to contact Cathie Garber of the Clark County Elections Department at (564) 397-2345. Please call soon; the deadline to express interest is 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12.
“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."