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Washington gets many new voters

FRIDAY, OCT. 3, 2008

Nearly a fourth younger than 25

Washington state added more than 35,000 voters to its rolls in the past week, nearly a fourth of them younger than 25.

The secretary of state’s office said the majority of those new voters are in just seven of the state’s 39 counties, and nearly half are in King and Pierce counties. Spokane added nearly 2,200 voters, or about 6 percent of the total.

Four counties – Adams, Douglas, Mason and Kitsap – lost voters as more moved or transferred their registration than signed up.

Residents who aren’t registered or want to register under a new address have until Saturday to do so by mail or online. After that, voters have until Oct. 18 to go to the elections office.

Voter registration forms can be obtained at most government offices and libraries or printed from the secretary of state’s Web site. To find a link, go to 2008/elections and click on “Can I Vote?”

The Spokane County elections office, 1033 W. Gardner Ave., will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.


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