Wednesday, January 24, 2007
White Salmon Valley School District voters who reside in Klickitat County and who vote by absentee ballot will be issued new ballots for the Feb. 6 special bond election.
Voters are requested not to return the flawed ballots.
The action by the Klickitat County Auditor's Office comes after a discovery that a key word was omitted from the ballot proposition for the district's $1.7 million bond levy.
The problem is in the first line of the ballot measure, where the word "No" was inadvertently left out. The ballot measure should read: "The Board of Directors adopted Resolution No. 06/07-01, to issue no more than $1,700,000.00 of general obligation bonds ..."
The Auditor's Office plans to reprint 2,344 ballots with the correct wording and mail them back out as soon as possible to voters within the school district.
"We're waiting to find out how long the printer will need to print the ballots. It will be a matter of a few days," explained Klickitat County Auditor Brenda Sorensen.
"We believe there is sufficient time," said Klickitat County Prosecuting Attorney Tim O'Neill. "The school district was given the option of going ahead and staying with the Feb. 6 date or go to March 6. The school district is opting for the Feb. 6 date."
Sorensen said the corrected ballots will be marked to ensure only the properly-worded ballots are counted.
"We will hold all the ballots returned and mark all the new ballots with special markings," she said.
Although Skamania County also has voters living within the White Salmon Valley School District who will vote in this election, the ballots issued by the Skamania County Auditor's Office are correct.