Jefferson County’s final voter turnout over 67 percent

PORT TOWNSEND — Jefferson County’s final primary election voter turnout, after all ballots have been counted, is 67.48 percent.

The Aug. 4 primary election was certified on Tuesday.

The county Auditor’s Office counted 17,886 ballots out of the 26,506 provided registered voters for a turnout that is higher than recent primaries.

In the 2008 primary, the turnout was 64.01 percent and in the 2018 primary, the turnout was 60.28 percent.

Clallam County’s voter turnout is 60.74 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 race for the November Jefferson County commission District 2 seat now held by David Sullivan will be Heidi Eisenhour and Lorna Smith.

The primary race was decided only by voters in District 2, which includes Chimacum, Port Hadlock, Irondale, Marrowstone Island, Kala Point, Woodland Hills and Cape George.

The race will appear on the countywide ballot for the November general election.

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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