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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Spin Control

In the mail

Washington readers who aren’t registered to vote, but could be eligible if they’d take the time to do so, are getting a postcard in the mail with an invite to get signed up.

The secretary of state’s office sent out 218,000 such postcards – including 10,645 in Spokane County – in an effort to convince potential voters that it’s a snap to sign up online. “We hope these postcards will provide just the nudge for people to go online and get registered,” Secretary of State Kim Wyman said.

Cost of this nudge? Twenty-three cents per postcard, or a bit over $50,000. The state currently has 3.94 million registered voters. It expects to go over the 4 million mark before the 2016 presidential election.

The Spokesman-Review's political team keeps a critical eye on local, state and national politics.