The Yakima Count Auditors Office will soon be prepping for a very busy primary and general election season later this year. Auditor Charles Ross says if you want to participate now is the time to get signed up to vote!

Thinking of running for office? Candidate filing period is around the corner

Ross says the next special election is set for April 26. After that Ross says they'll prepare for a very busy candidate filing week which gets underway May 16. During that time all many candidates are expected to file for office. Ross says the changes in political boundaries after redistricting last year split the county into northern and southern districts and a third district making up most of the city of Yakima. The redistricting is the result of a settlement between Yakima County and One America an immigrant rights group in the state.

After the group sued the county a settlement was reached between the parties

The group sued the county over it's election system saying it was unfair to Hispanics. According to the settlement county officials were required to redraw political maps with one of the districts to be a Latino majority. Under the settlement the Yakima County Commissioner seats will all be up for election in 2022. Ross says all three positions have never appeared on a general election ballot. District 1, under the new map is for the area from East Valley through West Valley. It also goes to the county line and includes parts of Ahtanum Ridge. District 2 covers much of Yakima and District 3 is those who live below the Ahtanum Ridge into the Lower Valley.

Are you ready to participate during these upcoming elections?

May 16 the filing week opens. The primary election is set for August 2. The general election happens on Tuesday, November 8.

You can sign up to vote by clicking the link

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