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Yakima County Primary Elections Bringing in Thousands Less Ballots than Expected

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash.- The Yakima County election office has been busy, scanning thousands of returned ballots for this year's primary election... but they're still thousands below this year's projected goal.

  • The elections office says over 69,000 ballots were sent out in Yakima County this year
  • They predicted a 42% return rate, which would be about 27,700 ballots
  • The elections office thinks only about 34% percent of the ballots will be returned, totalling around 23,000 ballots

This year's election has been moved up a month early to give the election office more time to get their work done, something Yakima County Auditor Corky Mattingly is excited about. Mattingly says pushing this year's primary up a month will help the elections office be more efficient.

Ballots need to be posted marked by midnight August 21st, or you can drop them by the county election office.

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