With only about a quarter of the ballots in so far, County Auditor Vern Spatz says he’s predicting a low turnout — despite issues such as the proposed hospital district and the McCleary police levies, which have all generated loads of debate in their respective communities.
Ballots must be turned in at an official drop-off spot by 8 p.m. Tuesday or postmarked by the end of business on Tuesday to count.
Spatz says he wouldn’t be surprised if the county has a turnout of 35 percent to 40 percent. At this point, the county has received 10,126 ballots — or just 26 percent of those sent.
“This is an off-year election,” Spatz said. “Despite some local issues generating buzz, sometimes people just don’t find the time to vote. Statewide, the forecast is expected to be about 45 percent.”
Drop-off locations around the county will be open on Election Day, starting at 7 a.m. to accept ballots and will close promptly at 8 p.m.
The locations include the YMCA of Grays Harbor at 2500 Simpson Ave. in Hoquiam, the McCleary VFW at 158 Summit Road in McCleary, the Methodist Church at 204 E. Harris in Oakville, the Westport City Hall at 506 N. Montesano St. in Westport, the Ocean Shores Convention Center at 120 W. Chance A La Mer Ave. in Ocean Shores and the Auditor’s Office at 100 W. Broadway in Montesano.
There are also two outside drop-off spots. One, outside the County Administration Building on Broadway in Montesano and a drive-up box at the YMCA of Grays Harbor.
The election results will be tallied at 8 p.m., Tuesday and the results will be posted online between five and 25 minutes later. For statewide results, visit www.vote.wa.gov. For local results, visit http://results.vote.wa.gov/results/current/graysharbor.
The top two candidates regardless of party affiliation advance to the November General Election. The Secretary of State’s Office notes that all candidates must receive at least 1 percent of the total votes cast for an office. In fact, a write-in candidate will be able to advance and appear on the General Election ballot without ever filing for that office if that candidate gets 1 percent of the total votes cast to advance to the General Election. This applies to both declared and undeclared write-in candidates — if there are 10,000 votes cast, 1 percent is 100, the Secretary of State’s “talking points” memo states.