Some Clallam County voters reporting ballots are missing

While nearly all voters in Clallam County have received their ballots for the Nov, 7 general election, a small number have reported that they are still waiting for their ballots to arrive, the Clallam County Elections Department reported this week.

Elections office representatives have been communicating with postal officials at both the Seattle and Tacoma post offices.

While “the USPS has helped research every pallet of ballots that were included in the mail drop, and has not found that any trays of ballots are missing,” the county elections office reported this week, the elections office and U.S. Port Office are continuing the possibility of non-delivery or delayed mail.

“It’s getting closer to Election Day, and we want to make certain voters have received their ballots and are able to vote,” Clallam County Auditor Shoona Riggs said.

Voters who have lost or not received a ballot can use one of these options to obtain a replacement:

• Visit the Auditor’s Office at 223 E. Fourth St., Suite 1, in Port Angeles to pick up a replacement ballot; office hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. on Nov. 6 (Election Day)

• Get a ballot online at myvote.wa.gov; voters can print their ballot, fill it in, sign a declaration page and mail it to the Auditor’s Office (the address is provided in the ballot packet).

Ballots are due by 8 p.m. on Nov. 6, Election Day, if using an official ballot drop box, or postmarked by Election Day if sending through the mail. Local post offices close earlier than polls close, however, so voters are advised to return ballots a day or two earlier to be sure it gets postmarked in time.

Four new ballot drop boxes — located in Carlsborg, Clallam Bay, Neah Bay and Sekiu — recently join three others already in operation prior to this year’s election: the Sequim Village Shopping Center, the Clallam County Courthouse in Port Angeles and just outside Forks City Hall.

As of Oct. 31, 33.45 percent of registered voters have submitted their ballots for the 2018 general election.

Contact the Auditor’s Office at 360-417-2221 or elections@co.clallam.wa.us for more ballot information.

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