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Ballots are out and voter turn out could affect Yakima Council races

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YAKIMA, Wash.- The election is three weeks away and your ballot should be in the mail by the end of the week.

Wednesday morning 96,000 thousand ballots were sent throughout Yakima County for this year's election. In Yakima, the big focus is on city council.

Two city positions and two at large positions are on the ballot. All the candidates have some kind of experience and involvement with leadership positions in Yakima.

With so many people in the running, county employees say one vote can make all the difference.

"Couple years ago there was a tie for the city of Tieton and the winner was decided by a flip of a coin, had 1 more person voted it could have made a difference," said Cathy Fisher, an employee for the Yakima County Elections office.

After a presidential election, voter turnout for the next year typically goes down. Employees from the election office say they're expecting 53 percent of the population to turn in their ballots. They're due by November 3rd.

If you aren't registered to vote, you still have time. You can register at the Yakima County Court House by October 26th.

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