Save Paper! Get Your Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot Online!
Until recently, state and local laws required that each registered voter be mailed a copy of the Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot. Now, state and municipal laws allow voters to stop mail delivery of the Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot and read it online instead.
How do I change the way I receive my Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot?
Next election: November 8, 2016
Request deadline: September 19, 2016
Requests received after this deadline will likely take effect for the next election.
If I decide to stop 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 at sfelections.org/toolkit. At that time, the Department of Elections will send a reminder to the email address you have provided with your request.
If I stop 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 resume mail delivery your Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot by at least 50 days prior to an election.
Is the Voter Information Pamphlet available in accessible formats?
Yes. The Voter Information Pamphlet posted at sfelections.org/toolkit is compatible with screen readers. The Department of Elections also offers the Voter Information Pamphlet in Flash, MP3, audiocassette, audio CD and large-print formats. To request a copy of the pamphlet in an accessible format, please contact the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375 or by email.
Will my email address remain confidential?
The Department of Elections will keep your email address confidential. However, California Elections Code 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.”
Use the following link for a full explanation of when the Department of Elections is required to release confidential information.