San Juan County turnout approaches 90 percent

  • Sat Nov 8th, 2008 2:01am
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San Juan County Elections Supervisor Doris Schaller expects that, by the time the last mail-in ballots arrive, 90 percent of the County’s 11,624 voters will have cast their ballots in the 2008 General Election. Schaller says that all votes postmarked by Nov. 4 will be counted, and some take several days to arrive.

“We have received ballots mailed from countries all over the world – Inner Mongolia, several from Damascus, several from Indonesia – literally everywhere,” said Schaller.

So far 10,346 ballots have been processed and approximately 200 more have been received. Though the final results will not be certified until November 25, Schaller says it is unlikely there are enough remaining, uncounted votes to change the outcome of any local race or ballot issue.

Current results show San Juan County Council Member Kevin Ranker winning the 40th District State Senate seat with 32,695 votes to Steve Van Luven’s 22,384. In San Juan County Ranker’s margin was 2 to 1. State Representative Dave Quall was returned to the 40th District position 1 State Representative seat without opposition and Jeff Morris won the 40th District, position 2 House seat with 77 percent of the vote over Green Party candidate Howard Pellett.

At the County Council level, Lovel Pratt will move into Kevin Ranker’s District 1 (San Juan Island) seat, taking 55 percent of the vote over Gordy Peterson; Richard Fralick will succeed Council Member Alan Lichter in the District 4 (Orcas) seat – receiving 53.5 percent of the vote in his contest against Mindy Kayl, and Council Chair Howie Rosenfeld of Friday Harbor was elected to a second term on the Council by a margin of 58 percent to 42 percent over Fay Chaffee.

The full results of local and state votes are available online at: