Ballots mailed out to Clark County voters

By Jake Thomas, Columbian staff writer

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Ballots for the Nov. 7 general election have been mailed to almost 240,000 Clark County voters.

Voters can look forward to a ballot full of dozens of local races and resolutions, led by the spirited Port of Vancouver commissioner race between Kris Greene and Don Orange for an open seat. Both sides and their supporters are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in a campaign that is widely seen as a referendum on Vancouver Energy’s proposal to build a mammoth crude oil terminal.

Also in this election, Vancouver voters will chose their next mayor and decide three races for city council.

Washougal voters will also select a new mayor, and every city in Clark County has some municipal offices on the ballot. Many school board seats are on the ballot, and voters will also elect commissioners to local service districts. In some jurisdictions, voters will weigh in on local property tax levies.

Absent from this year’s ballot are races for county, state and federal offices.

It’s still possible to register to vote, but it must be done in person at the Clark County Elections Department by 5 p.m. Oct. 30.

Under Washington’s vote-by-mail system, ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before Nov. 7. Ballots returned through one of the county’s seven drop box locations must be deposited by 8 p.m. on election night. First returns will be released around 8:30 p.m. that day.

If your ballot is lost or damaged, a replacement can be obtained by calling county elections at 360-397-2345, emailing elections@clark.wa.gov, or by visiting the elections office at 1408 Franklin St., Vancouver.