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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

County mails mismatched voter-verification cards

Spokane County sent out 9,300 mismatched voter-verification cards last week, Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton said.

“I apologize for the confusion. The address verification process ensures that voters have an opportunity to update their voter registration information so that they are not canceled,” Dalton said in a news release Thursday.

Addresses and names were jumbled due to human error.

The voter-verification cards are sent to voters whose ballots are undeliverable for whatever reason. According to state and federal law the county has to send notices to every known address for each voter with an undeliverable ballot.

Dalton said correctly matched names and cards will be sent out next week. The verification cards don’t contain sensitive information, Dalton said. The county started getting phone calls shortly after the error was discovered.

“It was just a mistake; nobody is perfect,” Dalton said.