Clallam County’s final voter turnout over 60 percent

PORT ANGELES — Clallam County’s final primary election voter turnout, after all ballots have been counted, is 60.74 percent.

The Aug. 4 primary election was certified on Tuesday.

The county Auditor’s Office counted 33,258 ballot out of 54,751 provided registered voters for a voter turnout that is the highest the county has had in a primary election for decades.

Jefferson County’s voter turnout was 67.48 percent.

The statewide voter turnout was 54.44 percent. The last time the state’s primary turnout topped 50 percent was in 1964, when 56 percent of the state’s 1.5 million voters cast a ballot.

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

Election outcomes were unchanged from Election Night after the final count of ballots, although numbers and percentages vary.

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 sos.wa.gov.

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