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Ballot Tally Numbers

PASCO, Wash. -- With Election Day less than a week away, elections officials in Benton and Franklin county are anxiously awaiting your vote.

In Benton County, auditors are saying so far votes are coming in a little slower than they expected. About 22% of the 80,000 votes sent out have been returned. But, they say they are expecting that percentage to go up to 50 or 55% once all the votes are tallied.

In Franklin County, about 30% of votes have been received and auditors there say they are right on schedule.

What officials don't want says Franklin County Auditor Zona Lenhart are close races. Lenhart says, "We hate that. In elections, we hope that there is a large disparity in numbers in races. It doesn't seem like we're getting them but we hope for that."

Lenhart says that especially in odd year elections, votes do come in a little bit slower because people have a lot of issues to learn about. She says other people just wait to vote because they are accustomed to voting on the day of the election.