Clallam County election workers Kathy Withey, left, and Lyn Fiveash, both of Sequim, sort through returned ballots Wednesday at the Clallam County Courthouse in Port Angeles. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Clallam County election workers Kathy Withey, left, and Lyn Fiveash, both of Sequim, sort through returned ballots Wednesday at the Clallam County Courthouse in Port Angeles. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Fourteen percent return ballots in Clallam County

Voting continues until 8 p.m. Nov. 8.

PORT ANGELES — Early ballots continued to pour in to the Clallam County Auditor’s Office on Wednesday, 13 days ahead of the Nov. 8 general election.

The Clallam County Auditor’s Office had received a total of 7,084 ballots as of Wednesday, Elections Supervisor Ken Hugoniot said.

That’s 14 percent of the 50,648 ballots mailed to eligible voters.

The one-day return for Wednesday was 2,698 ballots, Hugoniot said.

The Jefferson County Auditor’s Office had received a total of 4,684 ballots as of Wednesday, Voter Registration Coordinator Sandi Eldridge said. That’s 19.2 percent of the 24,360 ballots mailed to eligible voters.

Voters statewide had returned 318,910 ballots — or 7.5 percent — of the 4.24 million mailed as of Wednesday morning, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

Ballots were mailed Oct. 19. Voting continues until 8 p.m. Nov. 8.

Ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 8 or dropped off no later than 8 p.m. Nov. 8 at the following locations:

• Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles. Drive-up drop boxes are provided on the circular drive and directly across from disabled parking.

• Auditor’s Office in the county courthouse, Suite 1, open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

• Sequim Village Shopping Center, near the J.C. Penney store, 651 W. Washington St.

• Forks District Court lobby, 502 E. Division St.

A special registration period for those not registered to vote elsewhere in the state ends Monday.

New voters who will be at least 18 on Election Day can register in person at the Clallam County Auditor’s Office through Monday.

The Clallam County Auditor’s Office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

For disabled voters, a voting terminal is available at the Auditor’s Office.

Voters who have lost, damaged or never received their ballot should contact their county elections office to request a replacement.

They may also access a printable ballot via the secure website MyVote at www.myvote.wa.gov.

The Peninsula Daily News published a voter guide for the general election Oct. 16. The voter guide is available online at www.peninsula dailynews.com under “Print Editions.”

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Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56450, or at rollikainen@peninsuladailynews.com.

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