Here’s Your Chance to Avoid Getting a Monstrous, Phonebook-Like “Voter Information Pamphlet” Before Each Election – Opt Out, Baby!

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“Until recently, state and local laws required that each registered voter be mailed a copy of the Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot. Recently passed state and municipal laws allow voters to “go green” by opting out of receiving a Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot by mail, and accessing it online instead.

How do I change the way I receive my Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot?

Use the Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot – Opt Out/Opt In Form to request that mail delivery of your Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot be stopped, OR to resume mail delivery if you previously had it stopped.

Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot – Opt Out/Opt In Online Form

Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot – Opt Out/Opt In Form (PDF)

To opt out of receiving the Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample ballot by mail for the June 5, 2012 election and all future elections, a completed form must be received by the Department no later than April 16, 2012. If the request is received after this date, the change will take effect for the next election.

If I decide to opt out of receiving my Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot by mail, where can I find it online?

Approximately 40 days prior to any election, your Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot will be available online on the San Francisco Department of Elections website, www.sfelections.com/toolkit. At that time, the Department will send a reminder to the email address you have provided on the Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot – Opt Out/Opt In Form.

If I opt out of receiving my Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot by mail, can I request to start receiving it again in the mail?

Yes. You can request to opt back into receiving your Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot in the mail by completing theVoter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot – Opt Out/Opt In Form at least 50 days prior to an election.

Is the Voter Information Pamphlet available in accessible formats?

Yes. The Voter Information Pamphlet posted on our website, www.sfelections.org/toolkit, is compatible with screen readers. The Department of Elections also offers the Voter Information Pamphlet in audiocassette, audio CD and large-print formats. To request a copy of this pamphlet in an accessible format, please contact the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375 or byemail.

Will my email address remain confidential?

The Department of Elections will keep your email address confidential. However, California Election Codes section 2194(a)(3) requires the Department to provide your email address “to any candidate for federal, state, or local office, to any committee for or against any initiative or referendum measure for which legal publication is made, and to any person for election, scholarly, journalistic, or political purposes, or for governmental purposes, as determined by the Secretary of State.”

 

“The Department of Elections Encourages Voters to ‘Go Green’”

Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
John Arntz, Director

For Immediate Release

SAN FRANCISCO, February 15, 2012 -The Department of Elections is encouraging voters to “go green” by opting out of receiving a paper version of their Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot in the mail, and accessing it online instead on the Department’s website, www.sfelections.org. The online Voter Information Pamphlet is available approximately 40 days prior to every election, and online versions of the pamphlet are also available in Spanish and Chinese.

Until recently, the law required that each registered voter be mailed a copy of the Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot. With recent changes to state and municipal laws, voters now have a choice in how they receive the Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot.

Voters who wish to stop mail delivery of their Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot may complete the online Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot
Opt Out/Opt In form available on the Department’s website, www.sfelections.org. The request must be submitted at least 50 days prior to an election for it to go into effect for that election.

To opt out of receiving the Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot by mail for the June 5, 2012 election and all future elections, a completed form must be received by the Department no later than April 16, 2012. If the request is received after this date, the change will take effect for the next election.

Voters who decide that they prefer to receive a paper version of their Voter Information and Sample Ballot after they have signed up to “go green” can revert to the paper version at any time by using the online form.

For more information, visit the Department’s website, www.sfelections.org.

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One Response to “Here’s Your Chance to Avoid Getting a Monstrous, Phonebook-Like “Voter Information Pamphlet” Before Each Election – Opt Out, Baby!”

  1. Ezra C says:

    Just PLEASE don’t vote if you haven’t actually read about the candidates and propositions detailed in the Voter Information Packet!!!