Are you ready for the November election? If not, it’s time to prepare. According to Clark County Elections office, the ballots will be mailed on Friday, so you may cast your vote as soon as a week from today.
While most of us probably won’t fill out our ballots for a couple of weeks, we’ve been working hard in the newsroom for more than a month to give you what you need to know when it is time to vote. If you want to see everything we’ve done, be sure to check out our elections page, columbian.com/election.
There is a lot to decide. I counted 30 different races and measures in my suburban precinct, and it looks like there are 56 different things to be voted upon somewhere in Clark County.
We make a particular effort to write about state and local races, where it is harder to know much about the candidates and their issues. You already have a lot of information on Donald Trump and Joe Biden, but you probably don’t hear much about Hilary Franz and Sue Kuehl Pederson, the candidates for state commissioner of public lands. But that job — which includes wildfire suppression and managing property to raise funds for public schools — is very important to Washingtonians.
Our coverage of elections and issues comes from two directions.
First, we are writing news stories based on interviews with the candidates. These stories explore each candidate’s background and positions on the issues. There are also stories about fundraising, polls and other topics related to candidates and campaigns. These news stories are written by our reporters (usually Calley Hair, who covers politics, city and state government) and edited by the metro desk.