All Politics is Local

You had one job, under voters

In case you weren’t aware, there was an election this week.

It didn’t cover the entire county, only those of you who live in one of seven school districts that requested funding measures. And of the 185,984 of you who received ballots, only 65,104 voted. That’s a turnout of 35.58 percent.

Wah wah.

Confession: I did not vote in this election as we moved after we received our ballots and it felt weird casting a vote in a district I no longer live in. But I digress.

Now, most of you only had one item on your ballot, except those of you who lived in Camas or Washougal. Which means all you had to do in this race was pop your ballot open, fill in a single bubble and send it in.

Well, a few of you did more than that. Some of you did less than that. I’m not talking about the turnout. I’m talking about the three of you in Battle Ground who were counted as under votes, and the one over vote.

Then there’s the three under votes in Ridgefield’s school bond.

And the 12 under votes in Vancouver’s school bond, and the single over vote there as well.

Now, that is some weird combination of agnosticism and dedication to the process, especially for those bond measures that required a validation threshold of a certain number of votes. In Vancouver and Ridgefield, those under votes and over votes do count toward the overall ballot total, Elections Supervisor Cathie Garber. So good on you, I guess, for doing your part to make sure there were enough ballots.

But levies don’t have that requirement. So for those voters who undervoted in those races, is it that you were too indecisive to make a decision but so dedicated to the process that you put a stamp on a ballot or drove to a ballot box?

You had one job, guys. One job.

Kaitlin Gillespie

I'm the Clark County government reporter at The Columbian. Get in touch at kaitlin.gillespie@columbian.com or 360-735-4517.

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