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Have you cast your Yakima vote? The schools are waiting for your decision

More than 44,000 ballots were mailed to registered voters in Yakima County in mid-January for the Feb. 8 special election. Your ballot is expected within a week from Tuesday.
The Yakima County Auditors Office says so far 6,851 of more than 44,000 sent to voters have been returned to the office.

Many school districts in the Valley are hoping for your support

Levies are on the ballot in Grandview, Highland, Mt. Adams, Union Gap, Wahluke, Wapato, West Valley and Zillah school districts. The Naches Park District is also requesting support for a 2-year special levy.
Many districts are asking for ongoing levies to be renewed to help fund schools with no increases or changes.

If you vote your ballot, you will notice a change in the ballot itself

If you haven’t voted on the ballot yet, you’ll notice a small change in the ballot. You may notice the absence of the tear-off tab on the ballots.
As previously reported, auditor Charles Ross said his office is making some small changes to “the way ballots are folded and inserted with the instruction page in outgoing packets. We are doing this in an effort to reduce the time required to process each ballot. He says that during the last election, a large number of voters tore the bottom of their ballot paper trying to remove the stub or the tear-off tab. He says it caused a big delay when counting the ballots “because the tear in the ballot went through the barcode that the scanner needs to validate and read the ballot.” As a result, the stub was eliminated.

You can confirm your vote on votewa.gov instead of using the tab

If you would like to confirm that we received your ballot or print a ballot receipt, voters can visit www.votewa.gov and see personalized information about their voting record and ballot status for the current election.

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