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Yakima Ballots Being Sorted Faster Than Ever Before

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Ballots are due a week from Tuesday for this year's primary election. Ballots are due a week from Tuesday for this year's primary election.
YAKIMA, WA. - Ballots are due a week from Tuesday for this year's primary election. And some ballots in Yakima County are already being counted. 

You could say this is a pretty important election for Yakima County. Voters will be deciding their next sheriff, prosecutor and congressman.

Even though this is a pretty packed election, the Auditor's Office says counting the ballots will actually be pretty simple since there isn't a presidential race at stake.

The process will be made even easier thanks to the auditors new $200,000 sorting machine which election officials say will make them much more efficient.

"It used to take an office full of staff a whole day to perform what this machine can do in just a matter of hours," Kathy Fisher said. 

The Auditor's office expects only a 34% turnout of eligible voters in Yakima County. If that seems low, it isn't. The state average is only 36% for a primary. Registration for the primary has ended but you can still register for the November election up until October 27th. 

If you're interested in learning more about the process, you can head down to the basement of the courthouse and watch the whole thing yourself. The public is allowed to watch them sort ballots. 

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