Candidates have spotty voting records

first_imgVancouver mayoral candidate and co-owner of Main Street Marijuana Adam Hamide missed the 2012 vote that legalized pot sales. In fact, he has rarely voted in primary and general elections stretching as far back as 2006, even though he was registered to vote in Washington.Hamide is one of 15 candidates running for either mayor or city council in Vancouver in the Aug. 1 primary. The Columbian examined voting records for all of them. Participation in special elections, such as school levies, are not included in this story.Voter registration records indicate Hamide was eligible to vote in 2012, but he said he was not a resident of Washington at the time.Records show Hamide, 33, only voted in the 2016 general election and the 2008 general election. During the 2012 election, he didn’t receive a ballot, because he moved and did not update his address. He could have still voted by going in person to the Clark County Elections Office, according to staff there.“There weren’t many candidates that I supported,” Hamide said. “I’m not going to vote just to vote.”Council member and mayoral candidate Anne McEnerny-Ogle was one of the candidates who has consistently voted, according to public records.“Voting is one of those wonderful rights that we have. Why would you not vote for something? It’s one way to express yourself. That’s what democracy is all about,” she said.McEnerny-Ogle said it’s sad how few people vote.Mayoral candidate Steven Cox has a consistent voting record at primary and general elections. He said that it’s important to vote in every election so somebody else isn’t making decisions for you.last_img read more