After a whirlwind primary election, the Clark County Canvassing Board certified and finalized the election results Tuesday afternoon.
The canvassing board must have a representative from the Clark County Auditor’s Office, the prosecutor’s office and the Clark County council. Auditor Greg Kimsey, Councilor David Madore and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jane Vetto attended Tuesday, marking the end of an election marked by a couple unusual hiccups.
In addition to more than 800 ballots that showed up at a postal distribution center in Portland the Friday after the election, Elections Supervisor Cathie Garber told the canvassing board there were 560 ballots postmarked after Election Day — a disproportionately high number, she said. Ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day to be counted.
There were also nine ballots that trickled into the office Tuesday. State law requires ballots to be received at least a day before the results are certified, Garber said, so even though the ballots may have been correctly postmarked, they were not counted.
In Washington, the top two vote earners in the primary advance to the general regardless of party.
In the race for Clark County council chair, Democrat Mike Dalesandro and Marc Boldt, no party preference, will advance to the general election. Dalesandro — after holding the second-place spot since early returns were announced on Election Day two weeks ago — took a four-vote lead with 17,137 votes, or 26.64 percent, to Boldt’s 17,133 votes, or 26.63 percent.
Republican Julie Olson and Democrat Chuck Green will advance in the Clark County council District 2 race. Olson received 5,710 votes, or 31.03 percent, while Green received 4,805 votes, or 26.11 percent.
For Vancouver City Council, Position 5, Ty Stober and Linda Glover will advance. Stober received 8,772 votes or 41.45 percent. Glover received 7,713 votes or 36.45 percent.
For Battle Ground Public Schools, Director No. 4, Mavis Nickels and Dick Rylander will advance. Nickels received 4,496 votes, or 47.79 percent, and Rylander received 3,097 votes, or 32.92 percent.
For Vancouver Port District Commissioner, Lisa Ross and Eric LaBrant will advance. Ross received 3,905 votes, or 25.55 percent, and LaBrant received 3,356 votes, or 21.95 percent.
No race triggered an automatic recount.