The Sunnyside City Council gave its approval this past Monday night to a plan from the Yakima County Elections Department to conduct the Sept. 20 primary election by mail-in-ballot.
Several other cities in the county have already given their support to the plan.
Yakima County Auditor Corky Mattingly cited in a letter to the city her reason for wanting to conduct the Sept. 20 primary election by mail ballot. Mattingly said that 80 percent of the voters who do take part in the primary will be absentee voters.
"Most of the polling places will be virtually empty on election day," wrote Mattingly.
Mattingly also cited a cost savings by using the mail-in-ballot process. She also said that having the primary done by mail will allow her office to keep more efficient voter registration records.
"We think it is an excellent opportunity," said Sunnyside City Manager Bob Stockwell. "Not having these polling places open will save us all money."