The 2016 Election is now under way in Washington state, as more than 4 million ballots are mailed out by county election departments. The Washington Secretary of State’s Office says that some counties started mailing on Tuesday, and almost all of the rest are sending them out by the close of business today. That includes 62,027 ballots going out from Cowlitz County Elections. Along with the Presidential election, Washington voters are choosing a Senator and all ten U. S. House seats. All 98 State House seats are on the ballot, along with 26 of 49 Senate positions. That includes the 19th District Senate seat. Three Washington Supreme Court seats are on the ballot, along with six statewide initiatives.
The local ballot is massive, taking up six pages in the on-line Voter’s Guide, available on the Cowlitz County Elections website. Along with the local races for Congress and the Legislature, there are no fewer than nine local ballot measures, including sales tax measures to support Cowlitz County 911, Kalama Police, and a Transportation Benefit District in Woodland. The City of Kelso also has three Charter Amendment propositions. Ballots must be returned by 8 pm on Tuesday, November 8th to be valid for counting; they can be mailed, or you can drop them off at one of the Elections Drop Box locations that are set up around the county.