Election vote

A new voter registration satellite office will open in Sunnyside on Election Day, starting with the August primary.

The Yakima County Canvassing Board selected Neighborhood Health Sunnyside, 617 Scoon Road, as a new location where people will be able to register to vote in-person on Election Day, according to a news release.

The county elections division sought public input for a new registration satellite office between Wapato and Grandview with the hope of increasing voter participation.

The selection followed a March 6 community meeting. Yakima County Auditor Charles Ross said a team investigated various locations and forwarded three recommendations to the canvassing board for a decision.

Having a temporary office help with voter registrations on Election Day will give people more options to vote and save some a drive to Yakima, he said.

The office is announced as a new state law extends the voter registration period until 8 p.m. on Election Day. Electronic voter registration applications can be submitted eight days before an election, but people can submit applications through Election Day in person.

Essentially the changes get rid of the blackout period on voter registration, allowing people to vote in a new place if they moved. It also will allow people who turned 18 on Election Day or the day before to vote, Ross said.

Ross said the state is working to update its voter registration database to provide real-time information, but the deadline changes will take effect regardless of when the new system is implemented.

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