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You'll Have to Pick a Party to Vote

Benton County, Wash. - It's Decision 2006 and the primary is just weeks away.  But some area voters are still uneasy about having to vote for candidates belonging to only one party.

If you want your vote to count, you need to make sure to pick your party on your ballot and completely fill that box in.

Since voters won't head out to the polls this year and will instead be mailing them in, it's important to understand the rules. 

This year, you'll pick your party and fill in your choice.  If you choose one party during the primary it doesn't mean you'll have to stick with that party for the main election.

This new law is frustrating to some voters.

"It's frustrating to only vote for candidates within one party," said Jamie Gier.

If you don't want to chose a party during the primary you can still vote for non-partisan elections.

You can go to the Benton County website to review your ballot before the September 19th primary election.