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Many New Voters Signing Up

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - A high number of new voters are registering in the Pacific Northwest.

Oregon's state primary is Tuesday. So far over 80,000 new voters have registered since January, 735 of them are from Umatilla County.

In Washington, the Secretary of State anticipates a record number of new voters. He estimates roughly 85,000 people have registered since the first of the year. Nearly 4,000 from Benton County, 1,400 from Franklin County, and roughly 2,500 from Yakima County.

The secretary said it's an important time to get involved in politics.

"This is a pivotal year and it's one that the voters really need to get engaged in and they need to make a commitment to be actively participating in the election process," said Sam Reed, Washington State's Secretary of State. 

The secretary believes this year's wide open presidential election is helping stimulate voter registration.