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Franklin County voter turnout low, Auditor's Office hopes to change that

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PASCO, Wash.-- The general election is now just one month away and the Franklin County Auditor's Office is urging people to register to vote after a low turnout for the primary election.

Franklin County had the third lowest voter turnout in the state for the primary elections this year. The Auditor's Office is encouraging people to register to vote while they still can and hope to increase voter turnout for the general election.

Of the fifty-one thousand people eligible to vote in Franklin County, only twenty-eight thousand are registered to vote and only ten thousand voted in the primaries.

The Auditor's Office wants to remind people that this is an important election. In this election voter will vote for the president, governor, U.S. senator seat and many important issues.

"The clock's running on the registration. It has to be post marked by Saturday. You have until the end of business hours on Monday to register online and make changes but you have until eight days before the election, which is Monday October 29th, to register in person," says Matt Beaton, Franklin County Auditor.

Voters should keep an eye out for their ballots that will be sent out on October 16th. Voter pamphlets will be sent out between the 15th and 19th. There weren't any for the primaries but they will be available now.

To register online to vote, you can go to