PACIFIC COUNTY — With the final day of 2018 polling underway, more than half of Pacific County ballots were in the hands of election officials Tuesday morning in South Bend.
Between 10 a.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday, an additional 878 ballots were logged at the Courthouse, bringing the early-vote total to 7,468, or 52.6 percent of the county’s 14,187 registered voters.
The statewide ballot-return rate stood at 47.6 percent early Tuesday morning.
Pacific County’s voter-participation rate in the most recent mid-term, non-presidential-year election was 63.15 percent in November 2014. To beat that rate this year, about 1,500 ballots must be mailed back or placed in drop boxes by 8 p.m. today.
In Washington, ballots mailed on Election Day are added to the total as they arrive at election offices. In Pacific County, most of these ballots will be added to the count this Friday. Washington ballots are post-paid, so no stamp is required.
Ballots placed in drop boxes will be included in today’s count, which typically is made public about an hour after polling closes at 8 p.m.
There are several drop-box locations in Pacific County:
• Pacific County Courthouse, 300 Memorial Ave, South Bend
• Long Beach County Annex, 7013 Sandridge Rd, Long Beach
• Washington State Patrol Parking Lot, 797 State Route 4, Naselle
• Department of Public Works, 211 Commercial St, Raymond
• Bay Center County Park, 2nd and Park St, Bay Center
• Chinook County Park, 11 Park Rd, Chinook
See www.chinookobserver.com or check our Facebook page this week for updates on results.