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What does it mean when a piece of mail is franked?

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The United States Postal Service notes that franked mail is official mail of a U.S. Congress member or government representative that can be sent without postage. The mail has a signature, a copy of a signature or an agreed-upon symbol that identifies the sender.

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Franked mail must be mail for official use and cannot contain political correspondence, such as survey mailings to constituents, or personal mail. Franks are issued to the Vice President, the Vice President-elect, resident commissioners, the Secretary of the Senate and the Sergeant at Arms of the Senate, among others. All franks are valid for the term in office plus 90 days after the end of the term, except for the Speaker of the House, the President and the President's spouse, all of whose franks do not expire.

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