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Voter turnout is as expected so far on Bainbridge

With one day remaining before Tuesday's 8 p.m. voting deadline, Kitsap County Auditor's Office has counted the ballots of approximately 30 percent of Bainbridge Island's 17,024 registered voters.

Delores Gilmore, director of the Auditor Office's elections services, said that 5,310 Bainbridge ballots had been counted by 4 p.m. Monday. Countywide, the ballots of 47,953 of the county's 146,000 registered voters had also been counted.

"We're on target with what we expected both on Bainbridge and countywide by the end of the day Monday, which is around 30 to 35 percent," said Gilmore. "We're hoping to have 50 to 55 percent of the voters cast ballots in the election, which is very close percentage-wise to the turnout in a similar general election in 2009."

Gilmore said it's common to have at least 30 percent of the votes counted by the Monday before the polls close.

"We'll have a busy day tomorrow, which is normal," she said. Wednesday also figures to be a busy days since ballots mailed Tuesday won't be available for counting until the next day.

The county will post election results on its website www.kitsapgov.com/aud/elections beginning at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday. Subsequent counts will be posted at approximately 5 p.m. each work day until the election is certified on Nov. 29.

Ballots can be mailed or dropped off at the Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center Commons room anytime before 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Island voters are reminded to vote for a candidate in each of the four City Council's position races in the general election, not just candidates in the ward in which they live as they do during the primary election.

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