It's Election Day: Jefferson ballot returns inch toward 60%; Clallam turnout hovers near 50% and growing

Peninsula Daily News

Election Day on the Peninsula



CLALLAM COUNTY


ON THE BALLOT: Nine statewide measures, one tax levy lid lift in Fire District No. 6 (West End), seats for the U.S. Senate and House, state House of Representatives, state Supreme Court and four contested Clallam County positions, including county commissioner.

VOTING DEADLINE: The election is mail-only; there are no polling places today.

Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 2 (requiring mailing by mid ­afternoon) or in person in a drop box until 8 p.m. at any of the following locations:

• Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles. A drive-up drop box is provided.

• Sequim Motor Vehicle Licensing Office, 1001 E. Washington St., Suite 5, Sequim.

• Forks District Court, 502 E. Division St., Forks. An outdoor drop box is provided.

For those wanting to use a computer to vote, there is an accessible voting center in the Auditor's Office at the courthouse: 223 E. Fourth St., Suite 1, Port Angeles.

GET A BALLOT: If you lost your ballot or didn't receive one, contact the Auditor's Office at the above address, or phone 360-417-2221 (866-433-8683 toll-free outside Port Angeles and Sequim).


CANDIDATE AND BALLOT MEASURE INFORMATION: Copies of the Peninsula Daily News' Clallam County Election Guide, which profiles the candidates and discusses the measures on the ballot, are available at PDN offices in Port Angeles and Sequim, at libraries, the courthouse and other public contact points; and online at www.peninsuladailynews.com (go to the home page).


JEFFERSON COUNTY

ON THE BALLOT: Nine statewide measures, one countywide sales tax measure, seats for the U.S. Senate and House, state House of Representatives, state Supreme Court, three contested Jefferson County positions, including county commissioner, and District Court judge.


VOTING DEADLINE: The election is mail-only; there are no polling places today.

Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 2 (requiring mailing by mid ­afternoon) or in person in a drop box until 8 p.m. at any of the following locations:

• Jefferson County Courthouse, 1820 Jefferson St., Port Townsend. A drive-up drop box is provided at the rear parking lot.

• Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Ave., Port Hadlock.

For those wanting to use a computer to vote, there is an accessible voting center in the Auditor's Office at the courthouse, 1820 Jefferson St., Port Townsend.

GET A BALLOT: If you lost your ballot or didn't receive one, contact the Auditor's Office at the above address, or phone 360-385-9117.


CANDIDATE AND BALLOT MEASURE INFORMATION: Copies of the Peninsula Daily News' Jefferson County Election Guide, which profiles the candidates and discusses the measures on the ballot, are available at the PDN office in Port Townsend, 1939 E. Sims Way; at libraries; the courthouse and other public contact points; and online at www.peninsuladailynews.com (go to the home page).


ELECTION RESULTS: The newsroom of the Peninsula Daily News will have election results at www.peninsuladailynews.com all through the night -- from about 8:30 p.m., when the first results are available, until past midnight.
At least 59.5 percent of Jefferson County ballots will be tallied tonight while 41.4 percent of Clallam County ballots received before the weekend will be counted.

Counting Monday's returns, Clallam's election turnout is almost 50 percent on the eve of Election Day today.

Jefferson County received 1,835 ballots Monday for a total of 12,944, or 59.5 percent of ballots distributed, said Auditor Donna Eldridge.

All of those ballots as well as those received today will be counted in Jefferson County, she said.

"I think we will receive another 1,000 [today], so we are anticipating a 62.66 percent return rate on Election Day," Eldridge said.

"We are tracking exactly where I thought we'd be."

In Clallam County, ballots received through Friday will be tallied tonight -- a total of 18,903, or 41.4 percent, Auditor Patty Rosand said.

The 3,814 ballots received Monday brings total ballots received to 22,706, or 49.8 percent, Rosand said.

Those ballots received Monday and today will be counted as soon as everything is in order, she said, adding that she expects to update results each day.

"We must scan an entire day's ballots before we tabulate them to make sure we have balanced our ballots, signatures and envelopes," she said.

"We will do this each time we complete a day's ballots, instead of making you wait until Friday for the next update."

In the past, after Election Day, the next count had been on the following Friday.

Ultimately, Eldridge is predicting a voter turnout of about 80 percent for Jefferson County, and Rosand is expecting about 72 percent voter turnout in Clallam County.

Those totals exceed Secretary of State Sam Reed's prediction of 66 percent statewide.

Ballots must be placed in a drop box by 8 p.m. today or postmarked by today to be counted.

To confirm if your Clallam County ballot has been received, visit www.clallam.net/elections, click on the "my vote" icon, put in your name and birth date, then click on "my ballot status."

To confirm that your Jefferson County ballot has been received, e-mail karenc@co.jefferson.wa.us or phone 360-385-9117 or 360-385-9119.

To replace a ballot or for more information, phone 360-417-2221 in Clallam County or 360-385-9117 in Jefferson County.

Last modified: November 01. 2010 11:51PM
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