The purpose of printing your name, signing, and dating the outside of the return envelope is to allow election officials to examine the return envelope and compare the information on the envelope to the voter registration records to determine whether the ballot was submitted by an eligible elector who has not previously voted in the election.
Voters who are not comfortable with mailing the return envelope with the signature on the outside may return their ballots to the ballot box locations listed on the Voter Instruction sheet. It is also permissible to put the return envelope in another larger envelope addressed to the address on the return envelope. The larger envelope can include more than one ballot, as long as each ballot is sealed in the voter’s return envelope and the voter has completed the return envelope with his or her printed name, signature, and date. (Be sure to affix adequate postage to the larger envelope if it contains more than one ballot.)