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What is a franked envelope?

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Franked mail does not use official postage; it can be identified by the signature of the authorized person who sent it. A franked envelope is official government mail that can only be used by members of Congress, the vice president and other authorized officials.

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Franked mail is regulated by the Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards. The body also hears formal complaints when someone believes that a member of Congress has violated the rules.

Franked mail sent to 500 or more constituents must include a statement that the mailing was sent at taxpayer expense. Offensive language or derogatory statements about another member of Congress are prohibited.

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