You may have heard the term “franking” before. According to the Committee on House Administration, the Congressional frank dates back to the House of Commons in 1600s England. Francus is the Latin word for free and the franking rules for Congress allow them to send mailings to voters without paying for postage. A number of rules and laws have shifted the franking rules over the years but beginning in 1997, the prohibition on pre-election mass mailings was expanded from 60 to 90 days ahead of primary and general elections.

August 8 is 90 days away from November 6. 

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