Outcomes unchanged after final tally of votes in Jefferson County

PORT TOWNSEND — Joe Baisch surpassed Jolen Elkins by 12 votes for a seat on the Brinnon School Board after the final count of general election ballots until certification on Nov. 26.

That total could change if enough of the 201 challenged ballots are fixed and are cast in the Brinnon race before the election is certified. Challenged ballots are those that lack signatures, have questionable signatures or other problems. Voters can “cure” those ballots before the official results are announced.

No outcomes were changed Friday after 988 ballots were tabulated.

In the tightest race in Jefferson County, Baisch, 71, had 268 votes, or 51.15 percent, compared with Elkins, 50, who had 256 votes, or 48.85 percent for Position 3 on the Brinnon School Board.

Jefferson County reported a 58.9 percent voter turnout with 15,248 ballots returned out of the 25,867 provided registered voters, Election Coordinator Quinn Grewell said.

The voter turnout in Clallam County, which had its final tally on Thursday, is 51.98 percent, with 28,009 ballots cast out of the 53,887 provided registered voters.

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