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Low Voter Turnout But Prop 1 Passes

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Voters primarily stayed on the sidelines for Tuesday’s primary election.

Yakima County Elections Manager Kathy Fisher says about 26 percent turned out for the ballot, much lower then the 34 percent predicted, but she says more ballots will be counted today.

We could get to 30 percent because we have about 10,000 more ballots to count Wednesday.

Fisher says she is not surprised about the low turnout because she says that typically happens in primary elections.

Firefighters in Fire Protection District No. 1, however, will be able to purchase new equipment and recruit new firefighters because voters approved Proposition 1 on the ballot.

Voters approved a request to restore the district’s property tax levy to $1 per $1,000 of assessed valuation next year. The extra money will be used for fire operations.

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