The Woodland levy lid lift to fund police personnel and equipment made up some of the gap in the latest election results from Cowlitz County, but the measure is still trailing as of Wednesday.
The lid lift is now trailing by two votes, 689-687. Woodland is partly in Clark and Cowlitz counties, so votes from both counties are tabulated for the measure. No new Clark County ballots were tabulated in the last count, so that total still stands even at 16 votes for and against.
On the previous ballot count from Nov. 13, the measure was trailing by five votes. Woodland Mayor Will Finn is still hopeful the city can sneak out a win. Carolyn Fundingsland, Cowlitz County auditor, said recently that there are no valid ballots collected that still need to be counted. However, the city had 12 ballots that were challenged, either due to a lack of signature or a signature that didn’t match records with the elections office.
“It’s still really too close to tell,” Finn said. “There’s an active push to at least get people’s ballots counted.”
Seven of those 12 challenged ballots were added to Wednesday’s ballot count, leaving five potential ballots left to fix. Of the new ballots included in Wednesday’s count, five were in favor of the measure compared with two against. Finn said city officials are working on getting those people to go in and sign or fix the signature on their ballots even though there is no way right now of knowing how they voted.