Mail Returned as Undeliverable in List Maintenance

Voting Rights

Voting rights advocates released a memorandum addressing the challenges and implications surrounding the use of mail returned as undeliverable in voter list maintenance. The memo is intended to guide advocates and election officials in improving voter registration and list maintenance practices to prevent the erroneous disenfranchisement of eligible voters.

The “Mail Returned as Undeliverable in List Maintenance” memo focuses on the unreliability of returned postal mail as an indicator of voter residency. Specifically, the document provides an overview of legal frameworks around list maintenance and returned mail, shares insights on historical practices, identifies problems, and offers recommendations for elections officials amidst escalating concerns over the accuracy and fairness of list maintenance practices across the nation.