McCaskill bill addresses northern Missouri mailing quirk

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill has introduced a bill that would put an end to a Postal Service quirk requiring some rural northern Missouri residents to have Iowa mailing addresses.

Details of the bill were announced Wednesday.

For years, some Missourians in Atchison, Clark, Harrison, Mercer, Putnam, Schuyler and Scotland counties have been assigned Iowa mailing addresses. The Postal Service has not explained why, and even impacted residents have said they’ve never been given a good explanation.

McCaskill sent a letter to Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan in November seeking immediate action to rectify the addresses.

Missourians with Iowa addresses have said it causes confusion on emergency calls, forces some residents to cast provisional ballots at the polls, and creates uncertainty in filing taxes.

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