More than 19 percent of Jefferson County ballots returned

Voting continues until 8 p.m. Nov. 8.

PORT TOWNSEND — Early ballots continued to pour in to the Jefferson County Auditor’s Office on Wednesday, 13 days ahead of the Nov. 8 general election.

The Jefferson County Auditor’s Office had received a total of 4,684 ballots as of Wednesday, Voter Registration Coordinator Sandi Eldridge said.

That’s 19.2 percent of the 24,360 ballots mailed to eligible voters.

The one-day return for Wednesday was 1,359, elections officials said.

The Clallam County Auditor’s Office had received a total of 7,084 ballots as of Wednesday, Elections Supervisor Ken Hugoniot said. That’s 14 percent of the 50,648 ballots mailed to eligible voters.

Voters statewide had returned 318,910 ballots — or 7.5 percent — of the 4.24 million mailed as of Wednesday morning, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

Ballots were mailed Oct. 19. Voting continues until 8 p.m. Nov. 8.

Ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 8 or dropped off no later than 8 p.m. Nov. 8 at the following 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.

A special registration period for those not registered to vote elsewhere in the state ends Monday.

New voters who will be at least 18 on Election Day can register in person at the Jefferson County Auditor’s Office through Monday.

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

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 may also access a printable ballot via the secure website MyVote at

The Peninsula Daily News published a voter guide for the general election Oct. 16. The voter guide is available online at www.peninsula under “Print Editions.”


Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56450, or at

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