Initial results are in from the mayoral recall election campaign, and although the results are still incomplete, it appears that local voters want to see a new mayor running the city of White Salmon.
In unofficial election results from the special election to determine whether White Salmon Mayor Roger Holen should be recalled from office, there were 356 votes cast in favor of the recall. There were 229 votes in opposition to the recall.
However, there could be as many as 250 absentee ballots yet to come in, as any ballot postmarked by Aug. 15 will still be counted.
The Klickitat County Auditor's Office sent out roughly 700 absentee ballots, and as of Election Day more than 450 had been sent in. Combined with those who voted at the polling place, a total of 586 citizens have registered their opinions as to whether the mayor should be recalled.
Before the voting, Mayor Holen said he felt at peace, regardless of which way the decision would go.
"I've been getting a lot of love," Holen said.
During the day's voting at the Klickitat County Pioneer Center, poll workers reported they were getting an average of about 10 voters an hour. Most citizens cast their ballots through the mail.
Here are the latest results from the special election as of 9 p.m. on Election Day.
Should Mayor Roger Holen be recalled from office? Yes or No.
Yes: 356 votes (60.85%);
No: 229 votes (39.15%)
Turnout for the special election was at 51.4 percent.
The numbers will be updated by the Klickitat County Auditor's Office as more ballots come in. The Enterprise will publish the new results next week.