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Changes in store for voter pamphlets

Candidates for office in Yakima County will have to get their points across in fewer words and will have one chance to say their piece.

That's according to rule changes Yakima County commissioners approved on Tuesday, regarding local voter pamphlets.

Kathy Fisher is the elections manager for Yakima County, and she says the changes will bring Yakima County's voter pamphlets in line with rules for the statewide pamphlets.

The changes include reducing from 150 to 100 the words candidates can use in their official statements.

Another change is that candidates who are successful in the primary race will not be able to generate another statement for the general election. The primary statement will also have to cover the general election material that's distributed to voters.

Also new is the fact all candidates are prohibited from wearing a uniform or other clothing that would suggest they are already in office. One example would be that of the county sheriff position when it next appears on the ballot.

All the changes take effect with the fall election season that gets underway this September.

These are the first changes in six years to the county's voter pamphlet.

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