The leaves are blowing off the trees and political yard signs are everywhere, and that tells us Election Day is almost upon us once again.
For those who haven't already sent in absentee ballots, it's time to get out and vote in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 7.
There are several key races on the ballot in Klickitat County, including deciding who will serve in the open seat on the Klickitat County Board of Commissioners -- Republican David Sauter and Democrat Chris Connolly are battling for the position -- and who will serve as Klickitat County Auditor for the next four years. In the Auditor's race, Democratic incumbent Dede Pafford faces a challenge from Republican Brenda Sorensen.
In Skamania County, there is a County Commissioner race between Democrat Jamie Tolfree and Republican Tracy Wyckoff. The Skamania County Auditor's position -- Republican incumbent Mike Garvison is being challenged by Democrat Ila "Mae" Thompson -- will be decided as well. Both positions are four-year terms.
Statewide, there are contests to determine who will serve as Washington's U.S. Senator for the next six years, and who will be the U.S. Representative for the 3rd District and 4th District of Washington in the U.S. Congress.
There are also contested campaigns for State Senate and State House of Representatives here in the 15th District to let the voters have their say as to who will represent us in the Washington Legislature.
There are important local ballot measures too, including levy lid lifts for fire districts in the Husum-BZ Corner area and in the Lyle area.
There are four Washington state ballot measures to be decided, and Washington Supreme Court races as well.
In short, there is a lot at stake on Nov. 7.
According to the Klickitat County Auditor's Office, there are about 13,000 registered voters in Klickitat County. The Auditor's Office reported it had mailed 7,555 absentee ballots to voters, meaning that about 60 percent of the county's voters will be voting by mail instead of at the polling places.
As of Oct. 30, 2,448 Klickitat County election ballots have already been voted and returned. Klickitat County Auditor Dede Pafford reported that about 400-500 ballots are coming in per business day at the Auditor's Office in Goldendale.
Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 7 in order to be counted. Regular polling places will open on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
A sample ballot, courtesy of the Klickitat County Auditor's Office, appears in this (Nov. 2) issue of The Enterprise.
Preliminary election results will be printed in the Nov. 9 edition of The Enterprise.