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Primary ballot deadline approaches

Washington state's new "vote by mail" system's deadline is coming up.

Tuesday, Aug. 16, all ballots must be postmarked to be counted in this year's primary election.

This year's election marks the first since lawmakers approved a bill making Washington a full vote-by-mail. Washington state is the second state to follow this type of voting, following the state of Oregon.

For the past two weeks, voters have been returning ballots. The postmark deadline is Tuesday; voters can still drop their ballots by official voting center's drop-off sites by 8 p.m.

The state reported nearly 78 percent of Washington state's registered voters, or about 2.86 million received primary ballots.

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