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first_imgOn the WebTuesday night’s only vote total is expected to be released around 8:15 p.m. Check columbian.com and facebook.com/thecolumbian for updates and reactions. The county will publish vote totals on clarkvotes.org.Voter turnout in Tuesday’s election is expected to be low, but Clark County Elections Supervisor Cathie Garber, a self-described “eternal optimist,” is still hoping the county can hit 50 percent. On Monday only 70,643 residents out of the 249,277 registered voters, about 28 percent of eligible voters, in the county had returned their ballots.“I’m still hoping (voters) are waiting until the last minute and we get a bunch tomorrow,” Garber said. To be valid, ballots must be postmarked or delivered to an authorized collection location no later than Tuesday. There will be ballot drop boxes scattered around the county Tuesday. There is also a permanent ballot drop box located at West 14th and Esther Street in Vancouver. Though Washingtonians aren’t choosing a U.S. senator this year, Clark County residents will decide on a county charter and choose a new county commissioner and sheriff. They’ll elect members of the state House of Representatives, and weigh in on the 3rd Congressional District race.Candidates have been hustling to get their messages out, and substantial financial contributions have helped. The 17th District House battle between first-term Democrat Rep. Monica Stonier and her Republican challenger, former county GOP chairwoman Lynda Wilson, has been fierce and costly. Latest figures put Wilson slightly ahead in the fundraising category, with $296,862 to Stonier’s $289,965. The winner will represent Vancouver’s suburban east side.last_img read more