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State contacting unregistered voters in Washington; 16,000 in Clark Co.

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Breakdown of unregistered voters in Washington by county.  (Source: Washington Elections Division) Breakdown of unregistered voters in Washington by county. (Source: Washington Elections Division)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Around 218,000 people in Washington will receive a postcard from the state urging them to register to vote.

The recipients aren't on the voter rolls, so the postcard is a reminder that they can register online or by mail by Oct. 5 to take part in the general election.

First-time Washington voters can register in person at their county elections office until Oct. 26.

Ballots and voter pamphlets will be sent out in mid-October.

A breakdown by county shows there are 16,691 people in Clark County who are eligible to vote, but haven't registered. In King County, that number is more than 78,000.

Washington currently has 3.94 million registered voters. That number is expected to pass four million early in 2016.

The postcard mailings are now in their fourth year. The cost is 23 cents per postcard, according to the secretary of state's office, including printing and postage. This is the largest number mailed out since the initial mailing of 1 million in 2012.

Only new contacts are included in the latest mailing.

The mailing list was generated by information from the nonprofit organization Electronic Registration Information Center.

For more information, go to www.vote.wa.gov.

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