Voter turnout on Peninsula tops state’s

Clallam County over 36 percent; Jefferson nearly 40 percent

Voters on the North Olympic Peninsula participated in Tuesday’s primary election in higher numbers than voters did statewide.

The statewide voter turnout was 24.78 percent as of Wednesday afternoon.

The Clallam County Auditor’s Office had counted 20,778 ballots out of the 57,258 issued to registered voters by Wednesday. That gave the county a voter turnout of 36.29 percent.

An estimated 7,200 ballots remained to be counted. The next ballot count will be by 5 p.m. today.

The Jefferson County Auditor’s office counted 10,906 ballots of the 27,410 issued in Jefferson County, for a voter turnout of 39.79 percent as of Tuesday night.

There were an estimated 561 ballots left to count.

The county’s website stated the next ballot count would be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, but the tallies had not been updated by 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Clallam County Auditor Shoona Riggs said the election went “very well” despite concerns raised earlier.

“We had a smooth election night,” she said.

“The drop boxes closed on time. We only had two late ballots from Sequim and Carlsborg and one from Port Angeles.

“It was really smooth. We did our uploads to the state and got the green light about 8:30 p.m.,” she said.

The Jefferson County Auditor’s Office had not reported election concerns.

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Reporter Brian Gawley can be reached by email at brian.gawley@soundpublishing.com.

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