(KTSF by Jessie Liang)
Before elections, voters usually receive a paper version of their Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot in the mail. With changes to state and municipal laws, voters now are allowed to go green by opting out of receiving Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot by mail, and accessing it online instead.
Chinese Outreach Coordinator for Alameda County Registrar of Voters Jacqueline Lam says, “Accessing Voter Information online helps voters to reduce paper waste at home.”
Spokeswoman for San Francisco’s Department of Elections Carol Lao says, “It not only helps the environment but also saves money for the City.” She also adds that reducing paper use can help to save trees as well.
The online version of the pamphlets are also available in Chinese. Approximately 40 days prior to any election, the Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot will be available online on the City or County’s Department of Elections website.
However, voters who decide that they prefer to receive a paper version of their Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot after they have signed up to “go green” can revert to the paper version at any time by filling out a opt-in form.
In addition, voters can access their profile information online at their County Department of Elections website by entering their residential address and date of birth. “There are many functions on My Voter Profile. You can change your preferred language, lookup your polling place, opt out/opt in to receive your sample ballot by mail,” Lam said.
Voters can opt out of receiving the Voter Information Pamphlet by mail for the June 5, 2012 election and all future elections. A completed form must be received by the elections department no later than April 16, 2012. If the request is received after this date, the change will take effect for the next election.
For more information, visit San Francisco Department of Elections website www.sfelections.org/toolkit. Alameda County’s voters visit www.acgov.org/rov/profile.htm. For voters in other counties, please check your own county’s Department of Elections website.
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