Voters fill out, turn in ballots for Election Day

<p>Ballot Drop Off</p>

Ballot Drop Off

With just hours to go, voters across our region are filling out and turning in ballots for Election Day tomorrow.

The top two races people are talking about are the presidential race and the gubernatorial race in Washington.

Voters believe, like the experts, that these two races will be very close.

Residents who have already turned in their ballots say they are anxiously awaiting tomorrow's results.

Richland's Frank Deering says voting in tomorrow's election is one of the most important decisions he's made all year.

"Well, it's gonna help decide the country for at least the next four years or eight years" said Deering.

Throughout the day, thousands of voters have been turning in ballots, to make sure their voices are heard on the most important issues to them.

"I'm also looking forward to seeing the governorship. I think it will be exciting" said Judy Lerch, Richland resident.

"The issues on legalizing marijuana, and also same sex marriage" said Ron Lerch, Richland resident.

Volunteers at the Tri-Cities republican headquarters have also been busy making thousands of phone calls today to people who haven't turned in their ballots, especially for the governor's race.

"We're trying to get every vote we can. As it's been talked about, the '04 race was very, very close. We just don't want that to happen again. So even if we can just find a couple of votes here and there each day, that's enough" said Brad Hansen, campaign coordinator.

And at the democratic headquarters in Richland, volunteers are doing the same thing.

"It's really important that people get those ballots processed. Get them in, it's gonna be a close race. And we want every ballot in that we can have" said Kendall Miller, volunteer.

But not everybody is participating in the election.

Richland's Keith Fiene is doing something he hasn't done in more than 50 years - he's not voting for a presidential candidate.

"This year, I'm ignoring the entire election because I'm so disappointed that in my view, we don't have a good candidate to do the job" said Fiene.

Whatever your stance, many residents agree they're ready for the election to be over, so the country can move forward and focus on other issues.

"I think it's a big turning point, just so we can move on with doing whatever the program will be, instead of worrying about the election" said Judy Lerch.

If you haven't turned in your ballot yet, you have a little more than 24 hours to drop it off.

The deadline is tomorrow at 8 PM.

Republican and democratic volunteers plan to make phone calls tomorrow until that time as well.