Opposing statements sought for Feb. 8 ballot measures

For the February 2022 special election, the Elections Office, as the filing officer, has received five propositions that do not have citizens appointed to write a statement against.

For the February 2022 special election, the Elections Office, as the filing officer, has received five propositions that do not have citizens appointed to write a statement against

VANCOUVER ‒ Every election, the Clark County Auditor’s Office provides an online and printed voters’ guide with information about candidates and ballot measures for voters to make an informed decision when voting. The voters’ guide includes statements by and photographs of candidates for elective offices as well as local ballot measures with supporting and opposing statements written by citizens. 

A legislative body placing a measure on the ballot can appoint a committee to write a supporting statement and another committee to write an opposing statement. But often, the Elections Office receives only a supporting statement for a local ballot measure. If the group cannot identify anyone to oppose the ballot measure, no opposing statement is written or submitted. If the Elections Office does not receive a supporting or opposing statement for a local ballot measure, the staff attempts to identify citizens interested in authoring such a statement. 

For the February 2022 special election, the Elections Office, as the filing officer, has received five propositions that do not have citizens appointed to write a statement against: 

• A ballot proposition from the City of Vancouver for a fire and emergency services and facilities levy lid lift

• A ballot proposition from Green Mountain School District for a replacement educational programs and operations levy

• A ballot proposition from Hockinson School District for a school programs and operations replacement levy

• A ballot proposition from La Center School District for a replacement educational programs and operations levy

• A ballot proposition from Ridgefield School District for a general obligation bond for $62,565,000. 

To review the complete text of the resolutions, ballot language and other resolutions for the February special election ballot, visit clarkvotes.org and follow the link to Feb. 8, 2022, Special Election Information located near the top of the page. 

Any registered voter interested in writing an opposing statement is asked to contact Cathie Garber of the Clark County Elections Department at (564) 397-2345. The deadline is 4 p.m. Tue., Dec. 14. 

“The public is best served by providing information which presents a fair and balanced debate on the merits of local measures submitted for a vote,” said Auditor Greg Kimsey. “We urge anyone interested to help us get their opposing statements to these local measures into the online voters’ guide.” 

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