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    I lived there for a couple of years, long enough to register my car & my voting. When I left, about a month later I got a postcard from the voter registration office, which said -- paraphrased -- "We received notice from the US Post Office that you put in a change of address with no ending date. We need to know if this is a permanent move, a temporary move (with ending date), or a change of mailing address but not residence. Please contact us at ____. If we do not hear from you, we will assume it is a permanent move and will remove you from our voting rolls."

    This seems to me eminently sensible, as it gives you notice and a chance to explain -- much more sensible than NH's method (at least until recently -- don't know current practice) of waiting 10 years and seeing if you show up to vote in person or absentee, and only after you've missed two successive Presidential elections will they remove you. And in order to get removed before that you have to affirmatively send a notarized letter saying you've moved. I could easily have voted there (absentee) the past 9 years, while also voting where I was really living. For all I know, my kids and my ex (and the dog?) may still be on the rolls there.

    This is why I don't get too bent out of shape about "how awful it is that only 75% of people bother to show up and vote" -- many people are registered two or three or more places, and they should be voting at only one of them.

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