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Late Postmarked Ballots Not a Huge Problem in Tri-Cities

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - NBC Right Now is keeping tabs on the number of ballots in Benton and Franklin Counties that were postmarked late and didn't get counted.

This year's election was a little bit different here because Pasco's mail sorting facility is now closed. That means mailing in your ballot needed to be done sooner. 

So far, Franklin County is reporting 84 ballots that were postmarked late. In Benton County, there was 241 of them. Both auditors said that's a fairly average number for this size of election.

"I think that has a lot to do with the fact that we did a lot of outreach and we let people know as it was getting closer to election day if there was any doubt about whether the cutoff time was going to be missed in the postal mailing boxes, they should use one of the available drop boxes," said Benton County Auditor Brenda Chilton.

In both counties, auditors said mail in and drop box ballots were split about 50-50. It's expected a few more late postmarked ballots will trickle in, however most are likely already returned.