Clallam County election ballots due Tuesday

Four contested seats, two advisory votes to be determined

General elections ballots are due Tuesday, either postmarked by that day or dropped into a ballot box by 8 p.m.

Initial results will be posted online by the Auditor’s Offices and the Peninsula Daily News soon after.

Clallam County has four local contested positions on the ballot: Clallam County commissioner for District 3, Clallam Public Utility District and County Department of Community Development director.

In addition, the ballot has contests for State Legislative District 24’s Positions 1 and 2, U.S. Senate, Congressional District 6 and Secretary of State.

Voters also are asked to weigh in on two advisory measures and vote on several unopposed positions.

Ballots were provided to Clallam’s 57,203 registered voters beginning Oct. 19. As of Friday, 44.30 percent of those ballots had been returned.

Neighboring Jefferson County had 51.1 percent of its 27,525 ballots returned as of Friday.

The Clallam County Auditor’s Office in the county courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles, is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and until 8 p.m. Tuesday. Disabled-voter voting terminals are available.

Ballot drop boxes

Ballots can be returned by mail. Postage is already paid. But it’s necessary to make sure the ballots will be postmarked by Tuesday or they won’t be counted.

Those who prefer to take their ballots to drop boxes can choose from these locations:

• Port Angeles: Two outside the county courthouse, one a drive-through receptacle in front of the main entrance, the other a disabled-accessible drop box just east of the main entrance. One also will be in front of the auditor’s office in the courthouse.

• Sequim: 651 W. Washington St.

• Forks: Forks City Hall, 500 E. Division St., outside front entrance.

• Carlsborg: Sunny Farms Country Store, 261461 U.S. Highway 101, on the east side of parking lot.

• Clallam Bay: Clallam Bay Library, 16990 state Highway 112, outside front entrance.

• Sekiu: Clallam County Public Utility District, 15 Sekiu Airport Road, outside front entrance.

• Neah Bay: Washburn’s General Store, 1450 Bayview Ave., outside front entrance.

Those not yet registered to vote can do so in person at the auditor’s office until the polls close at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Votes will be counted every day until all have been tabulated.

The Peninsula Daily News will report the results online Tuesday night; they won’t be in Wednesday’s newspaper due to deadline requirements for having the newspaper printed and prepared for delivery by the U.S. Post Office. On Thursday, the PDN will provide stories on candidates’ reactions to the results so far.

Contests — positions sought by more than one person — on the Clallam County ballot are:

U.S. Senator: Incumbent Patty Murray, D-Seattle; Tiffany Smiley, R-Spokane.

6th Congressional District: Incumbent Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor; Elizabeth Kreselmaier, R-Gig Harbor.

Secretary of State: Appointee Steve Hobbs, Democrat; Julie Anderson, Nonpartisan.

State Legislative District 24

Position 1: Incumbent Rep. Steve Tharinger, D-Port Townsend; Brian Pruiett, R-Carlsborg.

Position 2: Incumbent Rep. Mike Chapman, D-Port Angeles; Sue Forde, R-Sequim.

Clallam County Commioner District 3: Incumbent Bill Peach, R-Beaver; Mike French, D-Port Angeles.

Department of Community Development Director: Bruce Emery; Cherie Kidd.

Public Utility District No. 1, District 1 Commissioner: Incumbent Will Purser; Ken Hays.

Clallam County Sheriff: Brian King; Marc Titterness.

Voters also are asked their desire to repeal or maintain:

Advisory Vote No. 39 — The Legislature increased without a vote of the people the tax on aircraft fuel from 11 cents to 18 cents per gallon, costing $14 million in its first 10 years, for government spending.

Advisory Vote No. 40 — The Legislature imposed, without a vote of the people, premiums on “transportation network companies” to provide workers compensation to their drivers, costing an indeterminate amount in its first 10 years for government spending.

Results of the general election will be certified Nov. 29.

To contact the Clallam County Auditor’s Office, call 360-417-2221 or 360-417-2217; email elections@co.clallam.wa.us; go to clallam.net/Auditor/Elections.

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