Opposing statements sought for April 23 ballot measures
Vancouver, Wash. ‒ Every election, the Clark County Auditor’s Office provides an online voters’ guide with information about candidates and ballot measures for voters to make informed decisions when completing their ballots. 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 argument 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 April 23, 2019, Special Election, the Elections Office has received three propositions from jurisdictions that file within our county:
- A ballot proposition from Ridgefield School District for a replacement educational programs and operations levy
- Two propositions from Hockinson School District for a replacement of expiring school programs and operations levy and a capital levy for technology and school improvements
Committees have been appointed to write statements supporting these measures, but Hockinson and Ridgefield school districts have not been able to identify people to write statements against their measures.
To review the complete text of the resolution, ballot language and other resolutions for the April special election ballot, visit clarkvotes.org and follow the link to April 23, 2019, Special Election Information located near the top of the page.
Any resident who is a member of one of the school districts who wants to write an opposing statement is asked to contact Cathie Garber of the Clark County Elections Department at 564.397.2345. Please call soon; the deadline is 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. Writers must live within the boundaries of the school district for which they are crafting the opposing statement.
“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."