Why do I have to put my signature on the outside of the envelope when I return my ballot?

The purpose for the signature on the outside of the return envelope is to allow election officials to examine the return envelope and compare the information on the envelope to the voter registration records to determine whether the ballot was submitted by an eligible elector who has not previously voted in the election.

Voters who are not comfortable with mailing the return envelope with the signature on the outside may return their ballots to the ballot box locations listed on the Voter Instruction sheet. It is also permissible to put the return envelope in another larger envelope addressed to the address on the return envelope. The larger envelope can include more than one ballot, as long as each ballot is sealed in the voter’s return envelope and the voter has completed the return envelope with his or her signature. (Be sure to affix adequate postage to the larger envelope if it contains more than one ballot.)

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1. Who can vote in City elections?
2. When will my ballot arrive?
3. Why didn’t I get a ballot?
4. What if I make a mistake on my ballot?
5. When is the deadline to turn in my ballot?
6. Where do I return my ballot?
7. Can I only vote for a candidate from my district?
8. What about “at-large” candidates?
9. Who decides the order of candidates on the ballot?
10. What is the political affiliation of each candidate?
11. Where can I obtain information about the candidates and committees?
12. How and when can I find the results of the election?
13. Why do I have to put my signature on the outside of the envelope when I return my ballot?
14. When is the last day I can register to vote and still receive a ballot in the mail?