50 percent voter turnout predicted in Kitsap County

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POULSBO — Kitsap County elections officials are expecting a 50 percent voter turnout in Tuesday’s General Election.

Kitsap County Elections Manager Dolores Gilmore gave this rundown Tuesday of ballots received as of Monday evening.

— Countywide: 47,955 of 146,593 ballots mailed.
— North Kitsap School District: 10,465 of 28,789.
— Poulsbo city: 1,838 of 5,165.
— Poulsbo Port District: 1,566 of 4,238.
— Kingston Port District, 1,558 of 4,073.

But that’s not counting the 10,000 ballots received in Tuesday’s mail, nor the ballots received from dropboxes. In addition, Gilmore expects to receive on Wednesday ballots postmarked on Election Day.

“We’re going to make 50 percent (turnout), maybe a little bit more,” Gilmore said.

Gilmore said the elections office expects to post unofficial results by 8:15 p.m. today.

Polls close at 8 p.m. Mailed ballots must be postmarked today. Until 8 p.m., ballots can be dropped into 24-hour boxes at Poulsbo Fire Station, 911 NE Liberty Road, Poulsbo; and the County Administration Building on Division Street, Port Orchard. will have the latest results tonight on the following races, with updated coverage in the Friday print edition.

— Kitsap County Commission, District 1: Democrat Rob Gelder and Republican Chris Tibbs.

— North Kitsap School Board, District 4: Scott Henden and Val Torrens. (In the primary, Henden received 3,298 votes, Torrens 2,989, and Julie Edwards 2,142.)

— Poulsbo City Council, Position 2: Mike Dunphy and Connie Lord.

— Poulsbo City Council, Position 3: Gary Nystul and Fred Springsteel. (Springsteel is a write-in candidate.)

— Poulsbo Port Commission, Position 3: Arnie Bockus and Jim Rutledge.

— Kingston Port Commission, District 3: Walt Elliott and Jerry Kirschner, (In the Aug. 16 primary, Elliott received 323 votes, Kirschner 231, and Tom Coultas 160.)

North Kitsap voters will also help decide a county measure that would levy 15 cents per $1,000 of assessed property valuation to support services for the county’s homeless and veterans.


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