Ballots for the 2017 General Election are due in today, needing to be postmarked or dropped off by 8 pm today to be valid for counting. Along with contested city council, port commission, school board and fire commission races, there are several local ballot measures that will be decided tonight. The biggest is the $121 million bond measure that the Longview School District is running. The City of Kalama is asking voters to approve a measure that would pay for a new police station, and Castle Rock is running another Library operations levy. It’s a pretty crowded ballot in Woodland, as voters in that area are being asked to approve funding for a community center and pool, there’s an EMS levy for Fire District 1, a levy for law enforcement, and they’re being asked to form and fund a Transportation Benefit District. The County Mosquito Control District also has a measure on the ballot.
Ballots must be postmarked by 8 pm to be valid for counting, or you can drop off your ballot, postage-free at one of the ballot drop box locations that are set up around the county. Longview has two spots, one on the Civic Circle, and one on Broadway Street, in front of the Longview City Hall. Kelso’s drop box is on Bridge Market Lane, between Furness Drug and the Allen Street Bridge. Kalama’s box is on North 1st Street, near the Kalama Post Office boxes; in Castle Rock, the drop site is at 137 Cowlitz Street, in front of the Castle Rock Library. The Woodland ballot box is in the city parking lot at Davidson and 2nd. The boxes will be locked promptly at 8 pm. Get more information on the County Elections web page, or call 360-577-3005.