General election ballots due today in Jefferson County

PORT TOWNSEND — Today is Election Day.

General election ballots are due by 8 p.m. if placed in drop boxes and earlier in the day if mailed, so that they will carry a Tuesday postmark.

More than 65 percent of registered voters in Jefferson County have returned ballots in the Nov. 8 general election — a return rate that is the highest in the state.

The Jefferson County Auditor’s Office had received a total of 16,054 ballots as of Monday — 65.55 percent of the 24,493 mailed.

The latest report from the Clallam County Auditor’s Office, which was Monday afternoon, was that the office had received a total of 30,189 ballots — 59.54 percent of the 50,707 ballots provided to eligible voters.

Voters statewide had returned 2,056,621 ballots — or 48.1 percent — of the 4.27 million provided voters as of 5 p.m. Monday, according to the Secretary of State’s Office at http://tinyurl.com/PDN-statestats.

Drop boxes are at these locations:

• Jefferson County Courthouse, 1820 Jefferson St., Port Townsend. A drive-up drop box is provided in the parking lot to the rear of the courthouse off Franklin Street.

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

• Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Ave., Port Hadlock. An outside drop box is mounted in the parking lot.

The Jefferson County Auditor’s Office at the courthouse will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. today.

A voting terminal is available for disabled voters 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 published a voter guide for the general election Oct. 16. The voter guide is available online at www.peninsula dailynews.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, go to http://tinyurl.com/PDN-jeffersonelectionsoffice. The phone number is 360-385-9117.

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