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Primary Election Day Moves to August

PASCO, Wash. - The new year brings some changes to Washington's election process. The primary election moves from September to August.

Both Benton and Franklin county auditors said they're very pleased about the move. It takes a little stress off processing thousands of ballots on time.

Franklin County Auditor Zona Lenhart tells us the new primary day will give auditors three extra weeks to process the ballots. Lenhart said she'll use the extra to just to keep up.

"It just did not give us enough time to deal with printing the ballots, we couldn't certify legally and at the same time send out military ballots with certification of September elections," said Zona Lenhart, Franklin County Auditor.    

Lenhart said she hopes with the extra time she can create a Franklin County voter's pamphlet so local voter's can better learn what's happening in county elections.