Jefferson voters turn in almost 58 percent of ballots

By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News

More than 57 percent of Jefferson County general election ballots had been returned to the county Auditor’s Office at the end of last week.

As of Friday afternoon, 13,170 Jefferson County ballots had been returned — 57.92 percent of the total 22,738 ballots issued.

In Clallam County, 22,758 ballots, or 48.31 percent of the 47,105 ballots issued, had been returned as of Friday.

The Jefferson County Auditor’s Office is expecting 89 percent total voter turnout for Tuesday’s all-mail election, which includes the U.S. presidential race.

Secretary of State Sam Reed has said he expects an 81 percent voter turnout statewide.

Ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, hand-delivered to the Auditor’s Office at the County Courthouse at 1820 Jefferson St. in Port Townsend or placed in a ballot drop-box no later than 8 p.m. that day.

Drop-boxes are in the back parking lot at the courthouse and at the Jefferson County Library at 620 Cedar Ave. in Port Hadlock.

On the ballot are races for two Jefferson County commissioner seats, a Superior Court judge and two propositions, as well as state and regional races that include U.S. Senate, a congressional seat, governor and state legislative seats.

Anyone who has not received a primary election ballot in Jefferson County should phone the Auditor’s Office at 360-385-9119 or email karenc@co.jefferson.wa.us.

Free copies of the Peninsula Daily News’ 2012 North Olympic Peninsula Voter Guide for the general election are available as long as they last at city halls, county courthouses, public libraries, senior centers and other public locations as well as at the PDN office at 305 W. First St. in downtown Port Angeles and online at www.peninsuladailynews.com.

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Reporter Jeremy Schwartz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5074, or at jschwartz@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: November 03. 2012 5:43PM
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