Ballots due today for elections in Clallam, Jefferson counties

PORT ANGELES — It’s Election Day for voters in Quilcene and Clallam Bay, and voters in both communities are being asked to approve levies to fund local services.

Voters in Clallam County Fire Protection District No. 5 — which covers Clallam Bay and Sekiu — are being asked to approve a levy increase to fund local firefighting services.

“This proposition will authorize the District to establish its levy rate at $1.10 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for collection in 2025,” the explanation for Proposition 1 said. “The funds will be used to maintain current service levels. The dollar amount levied in the final year shall serve as the District’s future tax levy base.”

This is the first levy rate adjustment the district has requested in more than 30 years.

Ballots can be returned to official Clallam County drop boxes located throughout the county.

Several drops boxes are located at the Clallam County Courthouse - 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles — including drive-up boxes outside the building. Ballots can also be returned to the Clallam County Auditor’s office inside the courthouse.

Drop boxes for Clallam County ballots can be found in:

Carlsborg, at 261461 Highway 101, near Sunny Farms and adjacent to Mill Road.

Sequim, at 651 W. Washington St., in the parking lot.

Clallam Bay, at 16990 state Highway 112, in front of the Clallam Bay Branch Library.

Forks, at 500 E. Division St., outside Forks City Hall.

Neah Bay, at 1450 Bayview Ave. in front of Washburn’s General Store by the left Totem Pole.

Sekiu, at 15 Sekiu Airport Road, at the Clallam County Public Utility District in the drive-up lane.

Quilcene

In Jefferson County, Quilcene voters will be asked for a second time to approve an educational programs and operations levy for the Quilcene School District after voters rejected the levy in a February special election.

The proposed levy would raise about $3.8 million through 2028, and it would include $904,537 in 2025 and increase incrementally to more than $1 million in the final year of collection.

The levy failed by 25 votes in February, but shortly after the election, the Quilcene School Board held a special meeting and voted to place the same levy on the next available special election ballot.

Board members previously said many community members claimed not to have understood the full impacts of not approving the levy, and a Yes committee was formed to support the measure in the subsequent election.

Ballot drop boxes are located throughout Jefferson County, but only some are available to accept the Quilcene special election ballots.

Two ballot drop boxes — one drive-up, one walk-up — are located at the Jefferson County Courthouse, 1820 Jefferson St. in Port Townsend. Ballots also can be dropped off at the Jefferson County Auditor’s Office inside the courthouse.

The ballot drop box at the Quilcene Community Center, 294952 U.S. Highway 101 in Quilcene, and at the Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Ave. in Port Hadlock, are both available for April 23 election ballots.

County drop boxes at the Nordland Fire Station, Olympic Peninsula Gateway Visitor Center, the Hoh Indian Nation and the Quinault Indian Nation are not available to receive April 23 ballots.

In-person voting will be available at the Jefferson County Auditor’s Office from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Washington state allows in-person voter registration until 8 p.m. on Election Day. Online registration and additional voter information can be found online at votewa.gov.

Clallam County voter information can be found online at clallamcountywa.gov/elections and Jefferson County voter information can be found at co.jefferson.wa.us/elections.

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Reporter Peter Segall can be reached by email at peter.segall@peninsulanews.us.

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