Clallam Auditor’s Office rejects election challenge

PORT ANGELES — Clallam County Auditor Shoona Riggs has rejected a voter registration challenge by the campaign of incumbent Port of Port Angeles Commissioner Colleen McAleer against her general election opponent, Michael Cobb, over the address Cobb used on his voter registration form.

In a 6:42 p.m. Wednesday email to David Giles, McAleer’s campaign treasurer and husband, Riggs said the challenge “is not in the proper form because it is incomplete” and does not “substantially comply” with challenge requirements outlined in state law.

Riggs invited Giles to submit “a legal challenge” that meets statutory requirements.

“At this time, however, the auditor considers the matter to be closed and will take no further action,” Riggs said.

Cobb acknowledged on Friday that he does not live at the 2577 Sequim Bay Road address — the port-owned John Wayne Marina — that he listed in his voter registration form.

The Auditor’s Office uses candidates’ voter registration addresses to determine whether they live in the districts they intend to represent as elected officials.

McAleer represents Sequim-area District 1.

Cobb said Friday he would not talk on the record about why he falsified his address on the voter registration form.

He said he lives in District 1.

“My address is known to the police, but it is not public,” he said Friday.

Cobb pays moorage fees at the marina, according to port records.

He said he would comment more about his address when a hearing was held on the challenge.

Riggs’ response to the challenge is at http://tinyurl.com/PDN-McAleerChallenge.

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Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 55650, or at pgottlieb@peninsuladailynews.com.

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