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Another Election Day will soon arrive, and with it a slough of candidates who are hoping voters will check the box next to his or her name on the ballot, and government agencies looking for votes of support on local levies.

Voters have just a few days left to make their own decisions on these issues by mailing in or dropping off their ballots so that they make it to the Clark County Elections Office on time. All ballots must be postmarked by Aug. 17. On Election Day anytime before 8 p.m., ballots can be hand-delivered to local collection sites including Grace Foursquare Church, Grass Valley Elementary School, Helen Baller Elementary School, Prune Hill Elementary School, and the Washougal Community Center.

Local levies include a six-year replacement emergency medical services levy for Washougal. If approved, the current tax rate would remain at 50 cents per $1,000 assessed property value. It requires a 60 percent “super majority” approval to pass.

Washougal voters are also casting their ballots on a Fort Vancouver Regional Library district levy rate increase to purchase books and materials, and restore previously cut hours.

Seats up for re-election include U.S. senator, U.S. representative Third Congressional District, 15th District state senator, and 15th and 18th District state representative. In addition, at the county level, there are races for assessor, auditor, clerk, commissioner District 3, prosecuting attorney, sheriff and treasurer.

The two candidates in each race who receive the most votes will move on to the Nov. 2 General Election.

As United States citizens and taxpayers, one of our duties is to take action and voice our opinions through the election process. So, don’t forget to cast your vote, and visit the Post-Record’s website at for Tuesday’s election results.