Election Day is here. Today is the last day to get your ballots in and have your vote counted. To be included in election results, ballots returned by regular mail must be postmarked by Nov. 7.
Elections officials recommend dropping your ballot in one of Clark County’s 22 designated red drop boxes by 8 p.m. or return it in person to the elections office at 1408 Franklin St., Vancouver, by 8 p.m. to ensure it is received.
Drop boxes can be found in Vancouver, Amboy, Battle Ground, Brush Prairie, Camas, La Center, Ridgefield, Washougal and Yacolt. For a map of locations, go to https://clark.wa.gov/elections/ballot-deposit-locations.
If you’ve already returned your ballot, you can check the status at https://voter.votewa.gov/WhereToVote.aspx. Just enter your first name, last name and date of birth to see if your ballot has been received and accepted or rejected.
A total of 115 candidates are vying for 85 city council, school board, port commissioner, fire district, cemetery district, wastewater district and public utilities commissioner seats. Nearly half of all candidates are running unopposed.
This off-year general election also has one ballot measure, an emergency medical services property tax levy in Washougal. If approved by voters, the levy will add 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed value to Washougal property owners’ tax bills.
It’s not too late to register to vote and get your ballot in and counted. Registration must be done in person at the county elections office. The office is open until 8 p.m. today.
To register you must be a U.S. citizen, be at least 16 years old and be a resident of Clark County. While individuals aged 16 and older can register to vote, they will only receive a ballot if they will be 18 years old by the date of the election.
Unhoused individuals may use a nontraditional address to register by listing the location in which they spend the majority of their time, such as landmarks or cross streets.
When registering, you must provide your legal name, date of birth, residential address in Clark County, a mailing address if not the same as residential address and Washington driver’s license number, ID card number or the last four digits of your Social Security number. Identification is required to cast a ballot.
Don’t expect to declare if you’re a Republican, Democrat or third-party voter when you register. In Washington, voters do not register for a political party.
For questions about registering to vote or casting a ballot, call the elections office at 564-397-2345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Initial results will be released around 8:15 p.m. tonight and will be published shortly thereafter on The Columbian’s website.
Want to know more about how elections are administered in Clark County? Go to www.cvtv.org/vid _link/31416?start= 0&stop=2784.