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Benton Co. Auditor shows election process via web cam

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PROSSER, Wash.-- Primary election ballots are due on Tuesday, August 16th and Auditors' offices are already busy counting the ballots. Benton County wants you to see the process, so they have a new piece of technology: a web cam. Voters can log onto their website and watch live while elections workers are processing ballots.

Brenda Chilton, Benton County Auditor, says, "Transparency is a huge thing for us in this election. We're always looking for new ways that we can make the voting process more accessible to our voters."

Chilton says it's a cost efficient way to let more people see where their ballots go. She explains, "We are using a free service called 'U Stream' and it didn't cost anything other than the relatively cheap web cam we purchased."

Also new this year, they've added a drive up ballot drop box at the Benton County Justice Center. "It allows voters to drive up to the box and drop their ballot without having to look for a parking space. And for those voters with mobility issues, they're able just to drive right up to the box and drop the ballot," says Chilton.

Again, ballots are due in a drop box by 8:00pm or post-marked on August 16th.

If you want to check out the Benton County Auditor's Office web cam, click here.

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