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Mark that ballot carefully so your vote will count

The mail ballots for the Nov. 9, 2005, General Election began to arrive in mail boxes Oct. 19, and voters are cautioned to follow five steps to assure their votes are counted.

-Black or blue pens should be used to completely fill each box next to their choice.

-No other marks (such as signatures or initials) should be put on the ballot.

-The voter's affidavit on a purple envelope in the packet should be signed and dated.

-Voters should follow the step-by-step instructions on properly folding and sealing the ballot envelope signature security flap, and, finally

-Vote and return the ballot as soon as possible by placing first class postage on the envelope and mailing it.

Ballots must be postmarked no later than election day (Nov. 8). They can also be deposited at the Yakima County Auditor's Office at 128 North Second Street, Room 117, Yakima, during regular office hours from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Ballots also may be deposited at any designated accessibility site between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on election day. In Sunnyside that site is the Sunnyside Community Center, 1521 S. 1st Street.

If voters don't receive their mail ballots by Oct. 29, they should call the Yakima County Auditor's Election Division at 574-1340.

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