Monthly Archives: December 2018

Voter Turnout Near Records

The percentage of voter participation in
Washington State was the second highest in history this past November

Voter turnout on the North Olympic Peninsula and statewide for the November general election approached records for participation.

The state saw a 71.83 percent voter turnout in the Nov. 6 general election.

KBDB Morning News 12-10-2018

In Jefferson County, 83.12 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the Nov. 6 election. Only  SanJuan and Garfield has a higher pct in the state. 

Clallam County’s voter turnout was 76.15 percent, with 40,110 ballots counted out of 52,674 provided to voters. The county was 12th in voter turnout statewide.

Statewide, the election drew more  to 3.1 M voters – which is more than any other in the state’s history.  That according to the Secretary of State’s Office, which certified the general election last Tuesday.

The statewide percentage of 71.83 of the 4.3 million registered voters who cast ballots in 2018 nearly topped the midterm record turnout of 71.85 percent set in 1970. Participation by 1,101 more voters would have set a new turnout record, the Secretary of State’s Office said.

The total number of votes cast was the third-most in statehistory, behind only the presidential elections of 2016 and 2012. According toU.S. Census Bureau estimates, about 60 percent of the total population ofWashingtonians eligible to vote participated in the general election, which was among the nation’s top participation rates.

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Rohrer Wins District Court II Judge Race after Recount

Eric Rohrer is the apparent winner in the race for Clallam County District II court Judge.  That after an unofficial recount completed Thursday upheld Rohrer’s 28-vote victory over John Black in the general election race.

Elections Manager Becky Pettigrew says Rohrer still had 1,431 votes to Black’s 1,403 votes — a difference of 50.49 percent to 49.51 percent — after a hand count that took place Wednesday and Thursday, said.

      Fri Dec 7 News

The results will become official when the Clallam County Canvassing Board certifies the recount today, bringing the 2018 general election to a close.

Rohrer says he’s pleased with the results.  The current Clallam County Superior Court judge  has said he will quit his post to serve as the District Court judge in Forks.

Black led Rohrer by four votes on Election Day Nov. 6, by 15 votes after a second count Nov. 9 and by 12 votes after a third count Nov. 13.  Rohrer pulled ahead in a fourth count Nov. 14.

Rohrer will replace retiring Clallam County District Court II Judge John Doherty.

Lake Crescent – Highway 101 Update Tonight

Olympic National Park and the City of Forks are providing an update tonight on the progress of the 3-year Lake Crescent Highway 101 project that is scheduled for completion in 2019.  That update is at the Rainforest Art Center Thursday from 5 to 6:30 PM.

      Thu Dec 6 News

NHL Awards Seattle Team Beginning in 2021-2022 Season

The National Hockey League is coming to Seattle.

The league’s board of governors voted unanimously Tuesday to award its 32nd franchise to Seattle, beginning in the 2021-22 season.

      Wed Dec 5 News

Seattle has long been a sought-after venue for an NHL franchise, but after numerous starts and stops, the process gathered a full head of steam when the city agreed last December to renovate KeyArena.

“Today is an exciting and historic day for our league as we expand to one of North America’s most innovative, beautiful and fastest-growing cities,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters. “And we are thrilled that Seattle, a city with a proud hockey history that includes being the home for the first American team ever to win the Stanley Cup, is finally joining the NHL.”