Editor’s note: This editorial has been corrected to reflect that The Columbian recommends a “no” vote on I-976.
Odd-year elections are easy to overlook. In Washington, the quadrennial presidential election is accompanied by races for governor and other state executives, along with Congress and the Legislature. Midterm elections such as last year’s are marked by more contests for lawmakers.
But with ballots being mailed today and with Election Day being Nov. 5, we take this opportunity to remind voters of the importance of odd-year elections for positions such as city councils and school boards. While the choices of a president and lawmakers warrant attention, in many ways the contests on this year’s ballot will have a bigger impact on our daily lives. As the saying goes, all politics is local.
Ballots may be mailed (no postage due) or dropped off at an official ballot box. For more information, visit the Clark County Elections page online.
Councilors elected this year will help determine how your city deals with growth, local tax rates and how those taxes are spent, and how homelessness is addressed. There also is a race for the seat from District 4 on the Clark County Council, which will impact all residents of the county.