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Secretary of State Sam Reed Proposes Primary Election Changes

PASCO, Wash.- Could there be a fix to the thousands of ballots disqualified in September primary election.

Secretary of State Sam Reed is pushing for new voter laws after the problems.

Reed wants to change the law requiring people to check a party box in the primary.

You would still have to vote a straight party ticket, but anyone who did that and didn't mark a party, those votes would still count.

Also, voters would be able to register online instead of in person, something they think may raise voting numbers.

They are changes many voting officials think need to happen.

"Washington has always been a voter intent state, and that meant that if you could determine a pattern from a, a voting pattern on a ballot, that a ballot would count," said Zona Lenhart, Franklin County Auditor. 

The measure also calls for a voter pamphlet for the primaries.

Secretary of State Reed said numerous judicial races are decided in the primaries, and voters need to know who they're voting for in those races.

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