Voting in Washington’s 2016 Primary is underway with more than 48,000 ballots being mailed Wednesday, July 13, to all registered Clallam County voters.
The state’s Primary is Tuesday, Aug. 2. The Top 2 Primary allows voters to choose among all candidates running for each office, for the purpose of narrowing each race down to two candidates for the General Election in November.
Voters do not have to declare a party affiliation to vote.
Those not registered to vote in Washington have until July 25 to register in person at the Auditor’s Office to participate in the Primary.
Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, Aug. 2, or returned to a ballot drop box by 8 p.m. that day. Ballot drop off options include 24-hour drive-up ballot boxes at the Clallam County Courthouse in Port Angeles and Sequim Village Shopping Center near JCPenney in Sequim, as well as a drop box in the Forks District II Court lobby.
An accessible voting unit also is available at the Auditor’s Office in the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St. in Port Angeles, to assist voters with disabilities in voting independently. Regular business hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, with extended Election Day hours of 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Additional election information and an Online Voters’ Guide featuring all candidate races are available on the Clallam County Elections website at www.clallam.net/elections. Printed voting guides are not produced for Primary elections.
Registered voters also may access their registration details, returned ballot status and other voter information online through MyVote at www.myvote.wa.gov. Those needing a replacement ballot also may access a printable ballot via the secure website or obtain one by contacting Clallam County Elections at 417-2221 or firstname.lastname@example.org.