Clallam County primary voter turnout just over 60 percent

More ballots to be counted Friday

PORT ANGELES — Outcomes were unchanged after a sixth count of the Aug. 4 primary election ballots in Clallam County.

The Clallam County Auditor’s Office had counted by Tuesday a total of 33,028 ballots in the primary election, a voter turnout of 60.31 percent of the 54,766 ballots issued. It did not count ballots on Wednesday. The next count will be by 5 p.m. Friday.

Jefferson County’s voter turnout was 66.87 percent on Wednesday.

The voter turnout statewide was 53.18 percent.

The top-two finishers from the primary advance to the Nov. 3 general election.

The lineup for the November Clallam County Public Utility commission race is Patti Morris and Rick Paschall. The PUD general election will include all voters of Clallam County except in the city of Port Angeles, which has its own electric utility.

Legislative District 24 Position 1 incumbent Mike Chapman, a Port Angeles Democrat, will face Republican Sue Forde of Sequim in November.

Legislative District 24 Position 2 incumbent Steve Tharinger, a Port Townsend Democrat, will be challenged by Republican Brian Pruiett of Carlsborg.

The district covers Clallam and Jefferson counties and part of Grays Harbor County.

Congressman Derek Kilmer, a Democrat, will be challenged by Republican Elizabeth Kreiselmaier in the general election. Both live in Gig Harbor.

The 6th Congressional District includes 450,000 voters in Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor and Kitsap counties, and portions of Mason and Pierce counties, including Tacoma.

For more information, see the state Secretary of State website at

The election will be certified Aug. 18.