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“Any idea what to do with absentee ballots sent to your address for people who no longer live there?”

Been getting, unfortunately, a lot of messages about this:

“Dear PoPville,

I have a question on what to do with the (no less than) 5 ballots DC has sent to my address, all for different people.

My partner and I just moved into a new townhouse on the Hill, and we’ve received 5 absentee ballots so far to this address, all in other people’s names. I’m assuming this is from the townhouse having been a rental for several years. Do we return to sender? Is there some office to drop these off at? Do I shred them/securely dispose of them?

Talked to my partner and she told me she securely disposed of the two we got last week. These three (!) came yesterday, here’s the photo of them. We haven’t even gotten ours yet.”

Photo by Alex Howard

Alex writes: “If you receive a ballot from someone not at your address in DC, you can write “return to sender” and drop it in the mail.

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