Results of local elections are totaled on May 15; early results are in, but votes will be counted throughout the night

An election ballot drop off box outside the Scappoose City Hall UPDATED 10:51 p.m.: On Tuesday, May 15, Columbia County, voters had the chance to decide on several local county positions and a local initiative relating to grocery taxes.

Polls closed at 8 p.m., Tuesday night, May 15 and the first round of ballots were reported shortly afterward.

Below are county-reported vote totals as of 10:35 p.m. May, 15.

Columbia County Commissioner incumbent Henry Heimuller was pulling an early lead with nearly 40 percent of the vote, followed by Paulette Licatowitch. Halfway through the night, Heimuller maintained that lead, with little change in the voting percentages.

A majority of 50 percent of the vote is needed to secure the position.

Henry Heimuller - 39.36%

Paulette Lichatowitch - 28.19%

Kimberly Johns -22.38%

Don Campbell - 9.63%

An initiative to ban grocery taxes in St. Helens was also showing a strong lead, with nearly 90 of votes coming in favor of passing the initiative.

Measure 5-266 – Change St. Helens charter to ban grocery taxes

Yes - 89.13%

No - 10.87%

The Oregon Secretary of State's website also reports full data on statewide races.

This story will be updated.

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