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It's Already Time To Vote

Editorial for Oct. 11, 2007

Time to vote

It's election time, and it comes a bit earlier than usual. Now that Klickitat County has gone to strictly a "vote by mail" election system, ballots for the Nov. 6 voting will be sent to voters next week.

So, in just over a week from now, we can let the voting begin. Although there are now big statewide races in 2007 -- no hot elections for governor or U.S. Senator, for instance -- there are some very important races that will directly affect the city of White Salmon.

On the local ballot will be a choice between two individuals running for mayor. Incumbent Francis Gaddis faces a challenge from David Poucher, a member of the city's Planning Commission. There are also two contested races for seats on the White Salmon City Council. Voters will choose between Richard Marx and Susan Gookin for one seat; and decide between two political newcomers -- Leana Johnson and Mark Peppel -- in the other race.

In addition, a total of six ballot measures will be on the general election ballot this year. These will be as follows:

Initiative No. 960: Would require two-thirds legislative approval or voter approval for tax increases;

Referendum No. 67: Would make it unlawful for insurers to unreasonably deny certain coverage claims; Resolution No. 8206: Would require the Legislature to transfer one percent of general state revenues to a budget stabilization account each year;

Resolution No. 8212: Would authorize state-operated inmate labor programs and programs in which inmate labor is used by private entities through state contracts;

Resolution No. 4204: Would provide for approval of school district excess property tax levies by simple majority vote of participating voters and eliminate supermajority approval requirements based on voter turnout in previous elections;

Resolution No. 4215: Would authorize the investment of money in higher education permanent funds;

For more details on the impacts of these measures, check your State Voter's Pamphlet, which is supposed to be in mailboxes across the state this week.

There is much at stake, and it impacts all of us. Please participate in our democracy, and make sure you fill out and return your mail-in ballot no later than Nov. 6.

JB

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