Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Most voters in Hood River County will need to vote a second time.
This is not a case of "vote early, vote often."
Due to a misprint in the May 17 Special Districts election ballot by the County Elections department, a supplemental ballot will be sent to the 10,641 voters in the Parks and Recreation District. (That's everywhere in the county except Cascade Locks.)
There are not three races, as the original ballot presents it, but one field of seven candidates running for three open positions: Art Carroll, John Everitt, Karen Ford, Jonathan Graca, Chris Johnsen, Glenna Mahurin, and Bryan McGeeney.
All three positions carry four-year terms.
Voters should look for the supplemental ballot in the mail as early as this weekend.
Inside will be a standard piece of paper, with only the Parks and Recreation ballot inside.
Voters will need to mark that ballot and send it back by May 17 - even if they have already cast their ballots.
The envelope will look the same at the one mailed out a week ago.
On ballots that have already been marked and sent back, the votes cast on the Parks and Recreation race will be null and void.
"We won't count that race on the original vote," said Elections Coordinator Kim Kean.
Votes will count for all other races, Kean said.
"We have to do it this way so we count them all the same," she said.
The supplemental ballot for Parks and Recreation will cost the county about $1,400 in postage, according to Kean.
She said her office decided to send out a supplemental ballot rather than nullifying the Parks and Recreation portion and doing a separate election, on the counsel of the Oregon Secretary of State's office.
"We contacted them immediately (after finding the error) and this is what they instructed us to do," Kean said.
The ballots were misprinted "because of the way the computer logged in the names."
Kean said the computer picked up internal data and erroneously separated the names into three races.
The way the ballot should read is seven people running for three open positions for the Parks and Recreation District Board.
"We are hoping to mail them by Friday," Kean said. "We should receive them tomorrow (Wednesday) and then we'll do the inserting and get them out by Friday. It's a lot of work."
If you do not receive your supplemental ballot by May 12, call Elections at 541-386-1442 or go to the county administration building, Sixth and State streets.
Ballots must be returned to Elections by 8 p.m. May 17.
Voters will also see choices in the commission races representing the Port of Cascade Locks and Port of Hood River.
In Cascade Locks, Rob Brostoff and Samantha Verschuren are running for Position 1; Brenda Cramblett and Gail Lewis will vie for Position 2; Donna Mohr is running unopposed for Position 5. All are four-year terms.
In Hood River, incumbent Sherry Bohn and Brian Shortt are running for Position 4; incumbent Hoby Streich, David Kovacich and Erlene Veverka Smith seek Position 5. Both are four-year terms. Rich McBride is unopposed for Position 3, a two-year unexpired term.
In addition, Pine Grove and Odell fire districts will vote on a proposed merger of the two agencies.
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The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge