Officials with the United States Postal Service say they have fired a North Texas mail carrier for skipping part of his route and not delivering a significant amount of mail by simply marking the letters and packages ‘return to sender.’ A number of items returned included voter registration cards and that’s now caused concern for Dallas County elections officials. A single voter’s complaint led the Dallas County Elections Department to investigate and discover the post office delivery issue. On Tuesday Dallas County Commissioners heard from elections administrator Toni Pippins-Poole. She told city leaders that a City Carrier Assistant working in Irving had been cutting his route short and stamping undelivered mail return to sender. Apparently the mail carrier was doing this at the same time that voter registration cards were going out.
As a result at least 388 voters in west Irving had their registration wrongfully suspended. Pippins-Poole said the department usually gets about 10-percent of cards returned so the office didn’t immediately notice there was a problem.
… When Hamida went to vote he discovered his voter registration had been suspended after the post office returned his voter registration card, indicating he no longer lived in his home.
Anytime a voter registration card is returned that voter card is automatically suspended. But Dallas County officials said the affected voters will still be able to vote, they will be required to sign an affidavit at the polls confirming they still live at their listed address.