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McCaskill vows to fix "dumb" mailing address mix-up

Democratic United States Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri is demanding answers from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). (Photo Courtesy: Office of Claire McCaskill)

A bizarre quirk has left some Heartland residents with misleading mailing addresses.

For decades, some Missouri residents living near the Iowa state border have held Iowa mailing addresses.

Now, Democratic United States Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri is demanding answers from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).

According to research conducted by the senator's office, those impacted live in Atchison, Clark, Mercer, Putnam, Schuyler and Scotland counties.

However, the exact number of those actually affected is unknown.

Representatives from the impacted counties say it can often take several months to obtain death certificates and some police officers even believe Missouri drivers licenses are fraudulent because of the Iowa addresses.

The Postmaster General has agreed to work with McCaskill in hopes of resolving the issue.

Here's how McCaskill's office says it is happening:

For many rural residents near the Iowa border, the closest post office may be across the Iowa state line - and that's where they get their mail from.

The problem is, that means they're technically in an Iowa zip code, even through they live in the Show-Me-State.

McCaskill says she has requested a final date by which the USPS plans to resolve the issue.

The senator vows she will do everything she can to resolve the mailing address problem.

"The notion that Missouri residents have faced numerous hassles for decades because they have an Iowa mailing address is one of the dumbest things I've come across."

A representative from the United States Postal Service did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.

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