Almost 44 percent return ballots in Clallam County

PORT ANGELES — Nearly 44 percent of registered voters in Clallam County have returned ballots in the Nov. 8 general election.

The Clallam County Auditor’s Office had received a total of 22,299 ballots as of Thursday. That’s 43.98 percent of the 50,648 ballots mailed Oct. 19 to eligible voters.

The Jefferson County Auditor’s Office had received a total of 12,641 ballots as of Thursday — 51.61 percent of the 24,493 ballots provided voters.

Voters statewide had returned 1,410,121 ballots — or 33.2 percent — of the 4.24 million mailed as of 8 a.m. Thursday, according to the Secretary of State’s Office at http://tinyurl.com/PDN-statestats.

Ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday or dropped off no later than 8 p.m. that day 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.

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

It will have extended hours this coming Monday and Tuesday. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ­Tuesday.

Also,the auditor’s election center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, “so we can process as many ballots as possible for election night,” said Auditor Shoona Riggs. Observers can enter the courthouse through the front doors as usual, she said, while emphasizing that only the elections center, not the full Auditor’s Office, will be open.

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 the Auditor’s Office to request a replacement.

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

The Peninsula Daily News voter guide is available online at www.peninsuladailynews.com. From the top left menu, go to “Print Editions” and select either Clallam or Jefferson County. Special sections, including the voter guide, are available under the print editions.

To reach the auditor’s election website on the Peninsula, go to http://tinyurl.com/PDN-clallam electionsoffice. The phone number is 360-417-2221.