Third ballot count leaves election outcomes unchanged

County voter turnout swells to over 76 percent

PORT ANGELES — Election outcomes were unchanged after a third count of general election ballots on Friday.

Clallam County has counted 44,056 ballots out of 57,695 provided voters for a voter turnout of 76.36 percent. Jefferson County’s voter turnout after a third count of ballots Friday was 86.08 percent. The statewide turnout at 7 p.m. Friday was 80.53 percent.

The Clallam County Auditor’s Office estimates 4,316 ballot are left to count. The next count will be by 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Jefferson County, which estimates 1,260 ballots still on hand, will post the results of its next count by 4 p.m. Monday.

Superior Court Judge Lauren Erickson has retained the judgeship against her opponent, Lisa Dublin, 56.88 percent to 42.78 percent.

Rick Paschall won a seat on the Clallam County Public Utility commission with 52.07 percent of the vote compared to Patti Morris’ 47.59 percent. The six-year position had been filled by Dave Anderson after the late Hugh Haffner resigned. Anderson did not run for the seat.

Voter approved three of the six proposed Clallam County Charter amendments: No. 1, which would make the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney non-partisan; No. 2, a housekeeping measure that would clarify Article IV, Section 4.10; and No. 4, which would change the system of electing county commissioners to a system in which they would be nominated by the district and elected by the voters countywide.

Rejected were No. 3, which would change frequency of Charter Review elections from five years to eight years; No. 5, which would change the office of the director of the Department of Community Development from elected to appointed; and No. 6, which would lower the number of signatures required to file an initiative petition for repeal of the Clallam County Charter from 35 percent to 20 percent of the number of voters who voted for the office of governor in the last statewide election.

A replacement four-year Educational Programs and Operations levy for the Port Angeles School District passed with 60.4 percent voter approval. The $5.6 million levy will be funded by a property tax rate of $1.50 per $1,000 of valuation.

Most district voters, including those in Clallam County, backed U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, a Democrat, for a fifth term as the 6th Congressional District representative against Elizabeth Kreiselmaier, a Republican. Both live in Gig Harbor.

Washington’s 6th Congressional District includes Jefferson and Clallam counties, as well as the counties of Grays Harbor and Kitsap, and portions of Mason and Pierce counties.

Legislative District 24 incumbents kept their seats in the district, winning in every county. The district covers Clallam and Jefferson counties and a portion of Grays Harbor County.

In Clallam County, Democrat Sen. Kevin Van De Wege of Sequim won 51.25 percent of the vote while Connie Beauvais of Joyce received 48.63 percent. Rep. Mike Chapman of Port Angeles, a Democrat, received 51.6 percent as opposed to the 48.31 percent garnered by Sue Forde of Sequim, chair of the county Republican party. Rep. Steve Tharinger of Port Townsend, won 51.05 percent of the vote compared to the 48.83 received by Republican Brian Pruiett of Carlsborg.

In the presidential race, Clallam County voters gave Democrat Joe Biden 51.53 percent of the vote, with Trump getting 46.03 percent.

Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, received a vote of confidence over Republican Loren Culp statewide, including in Clallam County, where Inslee won 51.09 percent to Loren Culp’s 48.73 percent.

In the controversial statewide Referendum 90 measure, Clallam County has approved the sex education requirement 52.58 percent to 47.42 percent.

The measure also passed statewide.