Yakima County Auditor Charles Ross says he's impressed with the final percentage of ballots returned to the auditors office for the primary election. A final count Today shows a 44.1 percent turnout. Ross says 53,000 ballots were returned for the election the highest for a primary election in the history of Yakima County. Ross says the election will be certified on August 18. Ross says it's not just the governors race that attracted a lot of people to vote but also the general political climate in America Today. He says people are tuned into politics and the amount of returned ballots shows people want to be involved.
Ross says he expects a record turnout for the upcoming general election maybe upwards of 90,000 ballots or more.
Once the primary election is certified next week the work starts to prepare for the general election in November.