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A voter drops off his ballot at a Clark County ballot drop box in the Vancouver Mall parking lot Nov. 3, 2020.

It’s Election Day in Clark County; have you turned in your ballot?

A voter drops off his ballot at a Clark County ballot drop box in the Vancouver Mall parking lot Nov. 3, 2020.

August 2, 2022, 5:59am Clark County News

Today is Election Day, which means it’s time to get those primary election ballots in to be tallied by the Clark County Elections Office. Read story

A deputy sheriff assists Clark-Vancouver Drug Task Force members during a drug bust operation in Vancouver.

New Vancouver police chief backs withdrawal from drug task force

A deputy sheriff assists Clark-Vancouver Drug Task Force members during a drug bust operation in Vancouver.

August 1, 2022, 7:38pm Clark County News

Vancouver Police Chief Jeff Mori proposed withdrawing the department from the Clark-Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force at a Vancouver City Council meeting Monday, stepping back from a decades-long partnership to address drug crimes. Read story

A voter swings by the Fisher's Landing ballot drop-off box on Monday for today's special election. The election includes funding measures for the city of Vancouver as well as several school bond or levy measures.

Clark County voters to weigh in on crowded primary election ballot

A voter swings by the Fisher's Landing ballot drop-off box on Monday for today's special election. The election includes funding measures for the city of Vancouver as well as several school bond or levy measures.

July 31, 2022, 6:03am Clark County News

The Aug. 2 primary is now just two days away, but voter turnout remains sluggish. Of the 323,756 eligible voters, a little more than 50,600 ballots — or 15.5 percent — have been received by the Clark County Elections Office. Nearly a third of the ballots received came into the… Read story

Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey views the first primary election result printout for the 2020 elections in the ballot tabulation room of the Clark County Election Office in August.

Clark County can count auditor votes

Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey views the first primary election result printout for the 2020 elections in the ballot tabulation room of the Clark County Election Office in August.

July 29, 2022, 4:39pm Clark County News

Clark County auditor candidate Brett Simpson was denied a preliminary injunction that would have blocked the county from counting or reporting any votes cast in his race against Auditor Greg Kimsey. Superior Court Judge Derek Vanderwood denied Simpson’s request at a Friday hearing. Read story

Motorists travel southbound on Interstate 5 through Vancouver.

Washington judge overturns insurance rate credit scoring ban

Motorists travel southbound on Interstate 5 through Vancouver.

July 29, 2022, 2:34pm Clark County Politics

A judge on Friday overturned a Washington rule prohibiting insurers from using credit scoring to set rates for auto, homeowner and renter insurance. Read story

U.S. Republican Reps.

Blitz of PAC money aims to defeat Trump-backed challengers to Herrera Beutler, Newhouse

U.S. Republican Reps.

July 28, 2022, 1:59pm Clark County Politics

A deluge of outside PAC money is saturating two of Washington’s top congressional primaries, aimed at helping Republican Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler and Dan Newhouse survive their votes to impeach then-President Donald Trump last year. Read story

FILE - Joe Kent, center, a Republican who is challenging Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., for her seat in Washington's 3rd Congressional District, speaks during a "Justice For J6" rally near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Sept. 18, 2021, in support of people who took part in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Kent has openly displayed ties to far-right and extremist organizations in his election run. That includes groups that have drawn law enforcement scrutiny over their involvement in the Jan. 6.

GOP’s links to extremism surface in 3rd District congressional primary

FILE - Joe Kent, center, a Republican who is challenging Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., for her seat in Washington's 3rd Congressional District, speaks during a "Justice For J6" rally near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Sept. 18, 2021, in support of people who took part in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Kent has openly displayed ties to far-right and extremist organizations in his election run. That includes groups that have drawn law enforcement scrutiny over their involvement in the Jan. 6.

July 27, 2022, 7:46am Clark County Politics

A congressional candidate whose compelling personal story of military valor and unfathomable loss helped him win former President Donald Trump’s support has connections to right-wing extremists, including a campaign consultant who was a member of the Proud Boys. Read story

Three candidates vie to replace Hoff in 18th Legislative District Position 2

July 27, 2022, 6:04am Clark County News

Although there are only two people running for the 18th Legislative District Position 1 seat, the names of Republican candidate Stephanie McClintock and Democrat John Zingale are still on the ballot, thanks to a state law that requires partisan races for state office to be included no matter how many… Read story

Vancouver City Hall (The Columbian files)

Vancouver’s housing stock not keeping up with growth; prices displacing more residents

Vancouver City Hall (The Columbian files)

July 26, 2022, 11:24am Business

The status of Vancouver’s housing conditions is grim: There isn’t enough affordable housing stock to meet demand, and rising prices are displacing those who can’t afford their current living situation. Read story

Clark County Council District 5 candidates, from left, Don Benton, Sue Marshall, Richard "Dick" Rylander and Rick Torres.

4 vie for Clark County Council seat for District 5

Clark County Council District 5 candidates, from left, Don Benton, Sue Marshall, Richard "Dick" Rylander and Rick Torres.

July 26, 2022, 6:04am Clark County News

Among the four candidates vying for the Clark County Council District 5 position, perhaps the most well known is former state Sen. Don Benton. Benton is running against current District 5 Councilor Richard Rylander Jr., Ridgefield farm owner Sue Marshall and former law enforcement officer Rick Torres. Read story