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Auditor Concerned There Could be Some Confusion in General Election

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YAKIMA, Wa -  The Yakima County Auditor wants to make sure that voters know the guidelines for the primary and general elections are different.

For the first time, voters were required to pick a party in the primary.  Some did not like the system and protested, others were simply confused.

Now, the county auditor is worried that people will mistakenly think that they have to pick a party in the general election.

"Well, I've been hearing people and the community say that they think the way we did the primary is going to be the way we do the general election and that is not the case," says Corky Mattingly, Yakima County Auditor, "The general election ballot will be the same as it has always been."

Mattingly says that so far they have received 14% of the ballots out of all the registered voters.  She expects the turnout to be what it is in most off-year election years.  That's about 56%.  But today, the secretary of state came out and predicted a record 67% turnout statewide.

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