Political Notebook: Thoughts on Election Day from readers and staff members

North Kitsap residents flowed into the Poulsbo Fire Department
North Kitsap residents flowed into the Poulsbo Fire Department's parking lot Nov. 6 to turn in their ballots.
— image credit: Kipp Robertson/ Herald

POULSBO — This column is a running log of Election Day thoughts, facts and news items written by staff members or submitted by readers via email ( or on the Herald's Facebook page.

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Tuesday, 7:05 p.m.: See what your neighbors have to say about the election and voting on Herald or Kingston Community News Facebook pages.

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Tuesday, 7:02 p.m.: North Kitsap Herald reporter Megan Stephenson will blog and live tweet regarding how Kitsap County voted on national and state races, on her Poulsbo Beat blog.

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Tuesday, 3:59 p.m.: Kitsap County Democrats have received reports that Republicans have hired people to go door to door collecting ballots with the promise that they will be delivered to the auditor's office. Katie Blinn, co-director of elections, contacted the state Republican and Democratic parties, as well as their counterparts in King County, and the campaigns for Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat Jay Inslee, and requested documentation on any voter ballots that had been collected.

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Tuesday, 3:56 p.m.: Local candidates are spending Election Day as time away from the campaign trail, and many said they were doing little, if any, last-minute campaigning. Another report by Brian Kelly on

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Tuesday, 12:11 p.m.: Of contested races in the 23rd Legislative District, state Rep. Drew Hansen had the most campaign cash on hand heading into the final week of the election, according a review of campaign finance records.

Hansen, the Democratic incumbent who is seeking a new term in the 23rd District's Position 2 in the state House, had a cash balance of $32,831 on Oct. 30. His opponent, Republican James M. Olsen, had a negative balance in his campaign coffers, according to records on file with the state Public Disclosure Commission.

Read Brian Kelly's report on

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Tuesday, 11:54 a.m.: The Kitsap County Auditor will post unofficial countywide election results shortly after polls close at 8 p.m.

For statewide results, visit the Washington Secretary of State's site.

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Tuesday, 10:28 a.m.: The Seattle headquarters for Washington State Democrats, Organizing for America, and Jay Inslee for Washington was burglarized early Tuesday morning, an official with the Washington State Democrats said. See story on

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Tuesday, 10 a.m.: Why is Election Day on a Tuesday? That day of the week was picked in 1845 to give farmers adequate time to get to the polls, and Tuesday has remained Election Day since. Herald production manager Annie LaValle shares this historical gem she found in the Farmers Almanac.

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Tuesday, 6:30 a.m.: Of 152,681 ballots mailed out for the General Election, 98,011 had been submitted and received by the Kitsap County Auditor Elections Division as of Monday.

That’s 58.30 percent turnout so far.

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Tuesday, 6 a.m.: Brian Kelly, editor of the Bainbridge Island Review, reports, "Younger voters, women make up bulk of new registered voters in Washington state, 23rd District." Read his analysis on

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