Clallam voters mail back more than 48 percent of ballots

By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News

More than 48 percent of Clallam County general election ballots had been returned to the county Auditor’s Office at the end of last week.

As of Friday, the Clallam County auditor had received 22,758, or 48.31 percent, of the 47,105 ballots mailed out to Clallam County voters.

About 1,300 came into the county auditor’s hands Friday.

In Jefferson County, 13,170 ballots — 57.92 percent of the total 22,738 ballots issued — had been returned as of Friday.

Clallam County Auditor Patty Rosand expects 86 percent total voter turnout for this year’s general election, which includes the U.S. presidential race.

The 2008 general election saw about 85 percent voter turnout.

Secretary of State Sam Reed has said he expects an 81 percent voter turnout statewide in Tuesday’s election.

Ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, hand-delivered to the Auditor’s Office at the County Courthouse at 223 E. Fourth St. in Port Angeles or placed in a ballot drop box no later than 8 p.m. that day.

Drop boxes are outside the courthouse, in the Forks District Court lobby at 502 E. Division St., and at Sequim City Hall at 152 W. Cedar St.

On the ballot are races for Clallam County commissioner, Superior Court judge and Clallam County Public Utility District commissioner, as well as state and regional races that include U.S. Senate, a congressional seat, governor and state legislative seats.

Any voter who did not receive a Clallam County primary election ballot should phone the Auditor’s Office at 360-417-2221 or visit the courthouse office.

Voters also can visit www.clallam.net/elections, click on “My Vote” and print a replacement ballot.

Free copies of the Peninsula Daily News’ 2012 North Olympic Peninsula Voter Guide for the general election are available as long as they last at city halls, county courthouses, public libraries, senior centers and other public locations as well as at the PDN office at 305 W. First St. in downtown Port Angeles and online at www.peninsuladailynews.com.

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Reporter Jeremy Schwartz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5074, or at jschwartz@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: November 03. 2012 5:43PM
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