WHEREAS, due to the volcanic activity of Mt. St. Helens, causing heavy deposits of ash in eastern Washington and resulting in severe health problems and property destruction, local law enforcement officials have in several counties imposed restrictions on non-emergency travel, which will substantially interfere with the conduct of special elections in those areas and the opportunity of voters to reach their precinct polling places. In addition, flooding in the vicinity of the mountain has damaged roads and bridges which will similarly prevent potential voters from participating in special elections in these areas.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Dixy Lee Ray, Governor of the state of Washington, do by virtue of the power vested in we under the provisions of the Revised Code of Washington, 43.06.220 (9) order that special elections scheduled to be held on Tuesday, May 20, 1980, be suspended and postponed:
1. In Spokane County, all elections.
2. In Lincoln County, all elections.
3. In Grant County, all elections including portions of any district lying partly within Grant County and partly within other counties.
4. In Cowlitz County, only School District 401.
have hereunto set
my hand and caused the seal of the State of
Washington to be affixed at Olympia this
19th day of May A.D., Nineteen hundred and eighty.
Dixy Lee Ray
Deputy Secretary of State