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A new statewide voter management website ran smoothly in Yakima County during Tuesday’s primary election, elections manager Kathy Fisher said.

The WaVote system, which allowed people to register and vote on Election Day, differed from the software system the county relied on for the past 15 years, she said. A statewide collaboration helped the rollout happen without a hitch.

Fisher said there weren’t many late registrations this year, which was unsurprising since this is an off-year election cycle — unlike next year when higher-

profile races including state attorney general, governor and president will be on the ballot.

The county processed three voter registrations on Tuesday, she said.

“This is the first election under same-day registration,” Fisher said. “I think the more that the word gets out about being able to register and vote on Election Day, we might see an uptick in those numbers.”

Turnout was 27.49 percent countywide as of Thursday.

The new centralized voter-registration database is expected to reduce fraud and improve election security. Secretary of State Kim Wyman said in a news release she viewed Tuesday as a success and there’s been positive public response to same-day registration and having more ballot boxes available.

Fisher said while the election ran smoothly under the new system, she expected improvements and tweaks to the WaVote system to continue ahead of the Nov. 5 vote, as the state continues to streamline the process.

County-wide, 318 additional ballots were counted Thursday. Here’s an update on the results:

Granger Council

Six more votes were counted in a tight Granger City Council race Thursday.

Hilda Guzman gained four votes, giving her 76 votes. Israel Bustamante Luevano gained two votes, placing him in second place with 71 votes, according to the unofficial count, while Granger Councilwoman Maria Gonzalez maintained 60 votes.

The top two vote-getters will continue onto the Nov. 5 election.

Wapato Council

Margaret Estrada continues to lead the race for Wapato Council 4 with 109 votes, followed by Doug Milne with 80 votes and Frank Jaime with 77. Jaime was ahead of Milne on Tuesday night.{p class=”x_MsoNormal”}Milne said Thursday he was pleased with the updated totals.{p class=”x_MsoNormal”}“I thought it was all over,” Milne said. “I’m excited!”

Selah poolIn Selah, a maintenance and operation levy for the new Selah Aquatic Center gained support again Thursday, bringing it up to 58.98 percent approval compared to 58.91 percent Wednesday. But the $250,000 levy it is still below the 60 percent approval required to pass, with 2,738-1,904 vote approval.

Last year, the Selah Parks Foundation turned to fund-raising to bring in $100,000 for a short swim season this year after a $305,000 levy fell just shy of the 60 percent voter approval.

Lex Talamo contributed to this article.

Reach Janelle Retka at jretka@yakimaherald.com or on Twitter: @janelleretka