You may notice a change in the ballots in Yakima

If you’re a registered voter, depending on the school district you live in, it’s likely you’ll soon receive a ballot in the mail to vote in the Feb. 8 special election. Yakima County Auditor Charles Ross said levies were 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.

Auditor Charles Ross says tab removed for more efficient counting

Ross says if you receive a ballot, you might notice the absence of the tear-off tab on the ballots. Ross says his office is making a few small changes to “the way ballots are folded and inserted along with the instruction page in outbound packets. We’re doing this in an effort to reduce the time it takes 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.

Ross says because the ballots were torn up, they didn’t go through the machine

Ross says this 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.” The stub has therefore been removed. Ross says “while we understand that some voters used the stub or tab as a receipt to vote, it was actually used for quality control purposes during the ballot insertion process. Given that our printing provider is not allowed to print anything additional on the face of the ballot, the barcode that was previously on the stub is now on the insert and it is used to s’ ensure the correct style of ballot is inserted into the correct envelope.

There is one more way to confirm that you have voted your ballot

If you want 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 the status of their ballot for the election. In progress.

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