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Ballots for the Aug. 6 primary election will be mailed to North Olympic Peninsula voters today (July 17).

About 87 percent of Clallam County voters, or 38,000 people, will receive ballots for the primary election, Clallam County Auditor Patty Rosand said.

The Jefferson County Auditor's Office planned to mail 14,987 ballots to voters in Jefferson County, Jefferson County Elections Coordinator Karen Cartmel said.

In the top-two primary in Washington state, a primary election contest is generated when more than two candidates file for a position.

The two candidates who receive the most votes face off in the general election Nov. 5.

Registered voters in the Port Angeles School District, Fire District No. 3 in greater Sequim and in the Port of Port Angeles commissioner District 1 will vote in primary contests.

Voters in the West End of the county will not receive ballots since no office had three candidates.

Voters in Port Townsend will decide on Proposition 1, a $3 million library improvement bond, and two positions on the Port Townsend City Council, Positions 1 and 5.

Voters in Port of Port Townsend commissioner District 2 will receive ballots (Precincts 104, 105, 107, 300-308, and 401).

Residents of Fire Protection District No. 3, a small group of voters who live in Precincts 101 and 102 near the Jefferson/Clallam County line, will cast ballots for commissioner, Position 3.

Voters who previously have registered to vote in Washington state but whose registration had lapsed had until July 8 to register for the primary.

Those who have never registered in Washington state can register in person to vote in the primary at the Auditor's Office in the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Suite 1, Port Angeles, or the Jefferson County Courthouse, 1820 Jefferson St., Port Townsend, by July 29.

Drop boxes

Ballot drop boxes will be available beginning today in both counties.

In Clallam County, they will be at the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St. in Port Angeles, and at Sequim City Hall, 152 W. Cedar St. in Sequim.

Ballots also can be delivered to the Auditor's Office in the courthouse from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Election Day.

In Jefferson County, they will be in the back parking lot of the Jefferson County Courthouse in Port Townsend and the Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Ave. in Port Hadlock.

An additional drop box also is available in the Jefferson County Auditor's Office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Election Day.

Voters who feel they should have received primary ballots but have not can call the Clallam County Auditor's office Tuesday to verify their address and request a replacement ballot at 360-417-2221, or the Jefferson County Auditor's Office at 360-385-9116; visit and click on “My Vote”; or stop by the office in the courthouse by 8 p.m. Aug. 6.

The PDN's Primary Election Voter Guide will appear in Friday's newspaper.

Last modified: July 16. 2013 10:23PM
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