In a move to reduce paper, printing and mailing costs as well as carbon dioxide emissions and the use of taxpayer revenues, the San Mateo County Elections Office is offering online access to sample ballots and voter information pamphlets.
"In just a few keystrokes you can access your official voter information pamphlet anytime from anywhere," Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder Mark Church said in an April 6 press release. "There's no need to keep track of where you put your paper copy, it's always there."
To register for online access, go to this link.
"The voters in San Mateo County are sophisticated web users. I believe many of them will embrace this opportunity to 'go green' and to help reduce the cost of elections," Mr. Church said. "In addition, there are lots of voters who will embrace the option for the convenience factor alone. We are pleased to facilitate this service to our voters!"
Printing and mailing costs for the information pamphlet are about 75 cents each, Mr. Church said. If all the registered voters in the county signed up for online access, the county would save $256,500 per election, he said.
The online option became law on Jan. 1.
The decision to go paperless is reversible, Mr. Church added. In households of more than one voter, the elections office is recommending that the pamphlet be shared. A single copy will be sent automatically if all but one of the voters sign up for online access.
Paper pamphlets are already printed for the all-mail-in-ballot election now going on for District 1 county supervisor election.
Go to this link for more information, or call the elections office at 312-5222.
Write to firstname.lastname@example.org to reach Mr. Church.