A few years ago, my sister received a jury duty notice addressed to the home of our parents. Funny thing was that she had been married and lived out of state for more than a decade before receiving the summons. I called the appropriate office to report this and was advised to also call the local registrar — she’d probably been picked because she was still on the voter rolls despite voting for years in another state.
Only a few weeks ago, I opened a letter by mistake that was addressed to a previous resident of my house — at least two owners ago, in fact. He was being removed from the voter roll because, it had been discovered, he was simultaneously registered in another state. Of course, he never saw the letter, since I had no way to forward it to wherever he is.
Long is a Roanoke Times columnist and director of the Salem Museum.