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As Election Nears, Political Parties Step into High Gear

YAKIMA, Wash --   For politicians and political parties, turning out the vote is always crucial in election years. Three to five times a week, volunteers at the Yakima County Republican Headquarters man the phones and call supporter reminding them to vote.   As the election nears, volunteers step into high gear and contact every voter on their list.

"Today we will probably hit 400-500 phone calls pretty easy", said John Tierney, Chairman, Yakima County Republican Central Committee.

However, this year Washington introduced a new primary ballot voting system, and the new system has left some voters confused. So instead of reminding supporters to vote, volunteers are also helping explain the new system to confused voters.

"The people that I've talked to, that have indicated that they are a little confused," said Tierney,  "I've basically said, you know in the non-partisan races you need to cast your vote regardless of whether you agree or disagree with marking of the ballot. But its important that they do mark the ballot republican or democrat if they want to vote in the party races"