Voter turnout at more than 23 percent in Jefferson as Election Day looms

PORT TOWNSEND — Voters have three days left to return their ballots in Tuesday’s primary election.

The Jefferson County Auditor’s Office had received a total of 5,791 ballots as of Friday — 23.75 percent of the 24,383 ballots provided voters.

The Clallam County Auditor’s Office had received a total of 9,579 ballots out of the 46,483 ballots provided to eligible voters by Friday.

Voters statewide had returned 483,712 ballots — or 12.8 percent — of the 3.8 million mailed as of 8 a.m. Friday, according to the Secretary of State’s Office at http://tinyurl.com/PDN-statestats.

Primary races are among three candidates. In Washington state’s top-two primary, the two hopefuls for a seat who receive the highest number of votes go on to the general election, which will be on Nov. 7 this year.

On Jefferson County’s ballot are a Jefferson Healthcare hospital commission race, a race for a seat on the Chimacum School Board and one for a position on Clallam-Jefferson Fire Protection District 3.

Running for Position 1 on the hospital commission are Cheri Van Hoover, Bruce J. McComas and Bernie Donanberg. The position will be vacated by Anthony DeLeo, who has served on the commission for more than 40 years.

Jared Shepherd, Wilma J. Hackman and Jack McKay seek the District 5 seat on the Chimacum School Board.

Incumbent Steven Chinn and challengers Sean Ryan and Robert Porrazzo are battling for the Position 2 seat on the commission for Fire District 3, which is in both Jefferson and Clallam counties.

Ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday or dropped off no later than 8 p.m. that day 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.

• 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 is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Election Day hours will be extended to 8 p.m.

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 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 primary election July 9. 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.

To reach the auditor’s election website, go to http://tinyurl.com/PDN-jefferson electionsoffice. The phone number is 360-385-9117.

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