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Washington Primary Ballot Instructions

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - The Washington State primary election is right around the corner. This year voters must pick a party if they want their vote to count.

Pick-A-Party ballots can be little confusing. You need to start in the upper left hand corner. You'll read some instructions, then follow down the column.

You'll come to a stop sign. Here you'll need to choose to vote for either the Republican or Democratic Party. If you skip over the box, your vote doesn't count. So pick one, and check it.

Now you can move on to vote for specific candidates. But you can only vote for candidates of the party you checked. The people in charge of counts ballots don't have the option to let one slid by.

"The voting equipment has been programmed to first check to see if you picked a party. And it has also been programmed that it will only count votes for the party that you pick," said Bobbie Gagner, Benton County Auditor.   

All ballots must be post marked by September 19th, or dropped off before 8:00 p.m.