Earlier experimental findings concluded that electromigration voids in these meandering stripe test structures were not randomly distributed and that void nucleation frequently occurred sub-surface at the metal/thermal oxide interface. The data showed a strong correlation between void area, void growth rate and stripe segment length . The influence of mechanical stress on electromigration damage in these test structures has been examined by applying tensile stresses to both passivated and unpassivated samples. The stress distributions are calculated using finite element analysis for each of the test conditions. The resulting impact on electromigration voiding, as well as mechanical stress voiding, and lateral hillock formation is discussed.