Remembering the close ones: every vote does count

Kitsap County has seen its share of close elections. Here are examples of local races that were so close, they triggered an automatic recount.

BREMERTON — Ballots for the 2016 general election were sent to Kitsap County’s 156,000 registered voters last week.

Ballots to military and overseas voters were mailed in late September, 45 days before the Nov. 8 general election. Local residents should receive their ballots by this week. The Local Voters Pamphlet also has been mailed out to every residential address and post office box in Kitsap County.

“Presidential elections are always exciting, with a high percentage of voters casting a ballot,” said Dolores Gilmour, Kitsap County auditor. “I hope voters will use the state and local voter pamphlets as additional resources when deciding who they wish to fill these important offices.”

This general election has a dynamic unique in American presidential history: The two presidential nominees from the two major parties, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, are highly controversial and have the unfortunate distinction of having the highest disapproval ratings in the history of presidential candidate polling. As a result, a significant number of voters are insisting they will not vote at all.

But there are many local and state down-ballot races that, in many ways, can have a more direct effect on local residents’ lives than the high-profile national races.

For voters mailing in their ballots, they must be postmarked by Nov. 8. The county has nine ballot drop boxes that will accept ballots until 8 p.m. on Election Day. Three are located in the Bremerton/Central Kitsap area; the other three in Port Orchard.


Kitsap Regional Library

1301 Sylvan Way


Norm Dicks Government Center

345 Sixth St.


Central Kitsap School District

Administration Building

9210 Silverdale Way NW



South Kitsap Fire and Rescue Station 8

1974 Fircrest Drive SE

Port Orchard

South Kitsap Fire and Rescue Station 17

7990 McCormick Woods Drive SW

Port Orchard

Kitsap County Auditor Administration Building

619 Division St.

Port Orchard


Kitsap County has seen its share of close elections.

Below are examples of local races that were so close, they triggered an automatic recount:

2011 Port Orchard Mayor

Tim Matthes 1,442

Lary Coppola 1,437

2009 Port Orchard City Council

Carolyn Powers 1,210

Cindy Lucarelli 1,198

2002 26th Legislative District, GOP primary

Ed Mitchell 5,870

Kevin Entze 5,869

1997 Port of Poulsbo Commissioner District 2

Ken Burns 835

Richard Mills 834

1996 Kitsap County Commissioner District 2, Democratic Primary

Charlotte Garrido 2,204

Beth Wilson 2,195