County ballot fits it all on one page

Creative design work needed for loaded Nov. 5 election

By Erik Hidle, Columbian staff writer

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The worries over a multipage ballot arriving in voters' mailboxes this fall won't come to pass in the November election.

Because Clark County voters will have 11 advisory votes from the county and state and well over 100 candidates for public office to choose from in the Nov. 5 general election, there was concern about a megaballot. At one point, a two-page ballot was considered, despite the fact that it would be a harrowing logistical undertaking.

But, crisis averted, says acting Elections Supervisor Cathie Garber.

"It's going to be big, on an 81/2 by 17-inch sheet of paper," she said. "It might be the biggest we've done.

"But our in-house designer did a great job with it, and we got the fold lines in a way so it would close properly. It's going to look great."

The county's voters pamphlet will clock in at 95 pages because of the massive election, and it will be tucked into the state's pamphlet, which means more than 100 pages of information.

The pamphlets will be sent out to voters on Oct. 14. Ballots will be mailed by Oct. 16.

The county is still calculating a final bill for the election.

Two deadlines for registration with the election office are approaching with Oct. 7 being the final day to update your address if you moved within the county.

New residents to the county have until Oct. 28 to register.

Both of those deadlines require in-person registration at the county elections office located at 1408 Franklin St., Vancouver.

New technology

A big change this year will be the launch of the elections department's website for mobile users.

The county has long used http://www.clarkvotes.org as a portal for information on election night, but in the past the process has been troublesome for folks using a tablet or smartphone as results come in PDF formats.

This year, that changes.

"A few months ago we were thinking about our website and realized that increasingly people are getting information from their mobile devices," said Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey.

"We realized we need to be more user friendly and this is one step."

Kimsey said the plan is to have the new mobile site live on Oct. 4.

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