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County Auditors Warn People to Use Postage Stamps on Ballots.

BENTON COUNTY, Wash. - Thousands of voter ballots are passing through our local post offices but what happens to the ballots that don't carry a postage stamp? 

Benton County Auditors say if the voter fails to put a stamp on the ballot, the county has to front the bill.  After thousands of ballots, 41 cents tends to add up.

Benton County Chief Deputy Auditor Brenda Chilton warns people to think twice before sending their vote out the door.  "Your either going to pay at the top end or your going to pay at the bottom end because as you know the school districts or the fire districts, their all funded by the taxes that we pay and so even if your not putting a stamp on it, it gets charged back to the district, then their charging that back to you by way of taxes."

Auditors say if this trend continues to grow in the future, they may have to consider returning the ballots back to the sender.

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