PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A steady stream of people dropped off their ballots Tuesday with just hours to spare as the ballot tallies were announced Tuesday night for the special elections being held around the region.
“It’s a duty and an opportunity for Oregonians to vote,” Secretary of State Dennis Richardson said.
Richardson said there are no statewide measures on the ballot — it’s all related to the county you live in.
“In each of the counties, they had a few things related to education or related to fire districts. Everyone needs to look at what their own county has in the way of issues. Evaluate where they stand and to vote,” Richardson said.
A few of the big decisions being made in this election deal with funding for schools, and preliminary results show bond measures for the Hillsboro School District and Portland Community College will pass. Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Columbia and Yamhill Counties voted on the PCC bond, which will give more money for more programs and classroom equipment.
In Marion County, the 2 big measures involve revamping outdated buildings.
Another election KOIN 6 News has been following is the Gearhart vacation rental bond. Early results show 78% of voters are against repealing and replacing the vacation rental ordinance.
One big issue the public voted on is a bond for Portland Community College. The bond measure calls for more money that will go toward job training programs, new science and bio labs and a childcare center at PCC Rock Creek. Washington County, Clackamas County, Columbia County and Yamhill County also voted on the PCC bond.
Preliminary results show a majority of Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington County voters in favor of the PPC bond.
Preliminary elections results show the Hillsboro School District’s $408 million bond passing with 64% of votes.
Early results show 65% of voters want to give the county almost $19 million to make major improvements to the library, which Marion County Clerk Bill Burgess told KOIN 6 News is not earthquake resistant. Other voters appear to be in favor of a bond to upgrade and improve North Marion School District facilities.
Preliminary results show Councilwoman Anne McEnerny-Ogle will be the new mayor of Vancouver. She is the only candidate running after Steven Cox withdrew. However, Cox’s name is still on the ballot, so if he wins, he will have the opportunity to accept the job.
Scott Campbell, Alisha Topper and Linda Glover are all leading in their respective Vancouver City Council races and Molly Coston is leading the race for Washougal Mayor.
Don Orange is ahead for the Port of Vancouver commissioner position. Orange is opposed to the proposed oil terminal in Vancouver.
What’s on the ballot