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Save Paper — Get Your Sample Ballot Online

[The headline has been corrected.  It initially suggested “Save a Tree — Get Your Sample Ballot Online.”  Sample ballots are printed on recycled paper, so it’s entirely possible that no trees will be saved by your opting out of the sample ballot mailing.  Isn’t that helpful to know?  Why not order two?]

According to a press release from the county’s elections department, you can now opt out of receiving your sample ballot booklet in the mail and choose to view it online instead.

Go to http://co.humboldt.ca.us/election and click on Sample Ballot Options in the left margin.  Use the online options form by clicking Sample Ballot Booklet – Opt-Out/Opt-In Form.  You’ll need to provide your name, address, and either the last four digits of your Social Security number or your driver’s license or identity card number.

Opt-out requests received by September 13th will take effect for the Presidential election; anything later will not take effect until the next scheduled election.

  1. September 8, 2012 at 10:42 am

    I like the hard copy… save a logger. Plus, it’s working the way that it is. Why take a chance on some bungler screwing it up?

  2. September 8, 2012 at 11:25 am


    AB1717 requires that voters have the ability to opt-out from the mailing. You could always sign up for the online sample ballot and then just waste some paper to keep loggers employed. Why not pick up an extra Tri-City weekly?

  3. HUUFC
    September 8, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Hard copy is the only way to go. Sit at the table with a nice cup of coffee and read the almost daily T-S and then the other stuff on the pile including the sample ballot.

  4. September 8, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Save a tree, eh? What a profound, idiotic statement! Trees are not harvested in this area for the sole purpose of making paper. I would guess that ‘ol Mitch, doesn’t use toilet paper to wipe his liberal ass? Howz about ‘ol Mitch using poison oak or stinging nettles to do the job………and save a tree…

  5. Felix
    September 8, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Nothing against loggers. But their work should be producing lumber, not pulp (yes, a byproduct – but not what they necessarily use!).
    It won’t hurt the Post Office to demand your ballot in the mail either.
    I want Postal Service (jobs – not my convenience) and I want a hard copy of my sample ballot – printed on 100% recycled paper.

  6. STV
    September 8, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    The sample ballots are produced by local printers on recycled paper using soy inks. Local printers provide local jobs and are all about as green as green can be. They care for the environment and they care about their employees. Besides, as everyone has pointed out, hard copy is the only way to go for sample ballots.

  7. Anonymous
    September 8, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Mitch, the Tri-City publishes the same number of copies whether Ernie picks up a copy or not. Conversely, the county is keenly aware of exactly how many sample ballots it has to print, because it would like to print fewer ones. If we’re going to pretend using paper saves a logger’s job, then keep using the printed the sample ballots.

  8. September 8, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    I hereby apologize for my idiocy in publicizing this new, radical, controversial idea, this awful idea that will cost loggers and printers and saintly ink manufacturers their jobs and yet not save any trees. This idea of distributing information via the internet will never work.

    Further, printing on paper has thrown millions of stone-carvers out of work, and I think we should immediately demand that sample ballots be carved in stone. This will result in seasonal employment for millions of postal workers, in addition to the jobs created for stone carvers, quarry workers, and chiropractors.

    doggdaze46, thanks for letting me know that trees are not harvested in this area for making paper. You’re right, my liberal ass needs wiping with far superior materials than mere toilet paper. I will try stinging nettles tonight. If that fails, I will try gravel.

    STV, thank you for letting me know that the sample ballots are printed on recycled paper. I worry, though, that this might throw still more people out of work — shouldn’t we only use paper once? I await correction.

    Hard copy is the only way to go. This stupid idiotic liberal radical controversial and probably communist idea of forcing everyone to stare at the internet while the death panels decide whether grandma will get medicine and Obama takes away our ability to know what’s on the ballot… it sucks!

  9. STV
    September 8, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Mitch, the title of the post was save a tree – get your sample ballot online, so I thought you would be interested in the fact that no trees will be cut for the purpose of making the sample ballot. Silly me.

  10. September 8, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Thank you, STV. I’ve corrected the headline.

  11. September 8, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Sorry Mitch, I wasn’t trying to insult you, or “kill the messenger”. It’s just that I like my elections in hard copy even If it has to be carved on rock, so be it. Lyndon Johnson proved that if an election could be rigged that it would be, and Carolyn Crnich proved that even a computer genius can screw up a computer program.

    Give me a trail that can’t evaporate or be altered. While we are at it, my heart is gladdened that the Ballots are printed locally and produced in an environmentally sound way. I’m even happy that the postal worker get a little work out of the mail-outs. Now watch somebody figure out that they can have the ballots printed in India cheaper, even if giving away local jobs doesn’t really help the economy in the long run.

    Not to hurt Mitch’s feeling further, but computers don’t really save paper. Most businesses use way more paper since they started using computers. Oh… By the way, thankyou for having a blog that is still computer friendly. As you may know some blogs are becoming tedious with their non-user-friendly program requirements.

  12. September 8, 2012 at 5:34 pm


    We agree that real ballots should be on paper. If you prefer your sample ballots on paper, I think you should have the right to receive them that way. But for those who would rather have online access and not get the sample ballot in the mail, I’m glad that is now an option.

    I truly had not realized this post would be controversial. My feelings are not hurt, but I’m amused by the small reaction it stirred up. There’s apparently no idea so minor and innocuous that someone out in the blogosphere is not ready to say “no, mustn’t do that.”

  13. STV
    September 8, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Mitch, As a printer I am perhaps a bit thin-skinned about the suggestion that somehow the Internets are more Eco-Groovy than printing. Because, it is simply not true.

  14. What Now
    September 8, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    “This idea of distributing information via the internet will never work.

    Further, printing on paper has thrown millions of stone-carvers out of work, and I think we should immediately demand that sample ballots be carved in stone. This will result in seasonal employment for millions of postal workers, in addition to the jobs created for stone carvers, quarry workers, and chiropractors.”
    Mitch, you’re on a roll!
    Thanks for the laughs.

  15. Dick Clark
    September 9, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Mitch is right: as long as retro is in (Eka city council, B of S, Congress, SCOTUS and maybe POTUS), I say we do parchment and, for full employment, hire scribes, equipped with quills.

    Can fins on cars be far behind?

  16. G. Gilbert Yule
    September 9, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Really? This is controversial and we’re all going to choose sides?

    I think it’s nice to have options. Personally, I prefer the traditional, printed, sample ballot (I’m not buying into that it’s eco-friendly and I should somehow feel guilty about using paper). I like examining it at my leisure and annotating what I read for future research and then taking the finished product to the polls with me to help move me quickly through the actual voting process. But hey, I’m from the last century.

  17. September 9, 2012 at 9:30 am

    The majority of trees harvested for pulp occurs in the southeast United States. If we had a pulp mill, there would be big opportunities in forest restoration – namely by providing an economic incentive for harvesting tanoak … Too bad the 1% botched the Samoa Mill to line their pockets. 175 million dollars of investment and green technology wasted.

  18. Anonymous
    September 9, 2012 at 11:17 am

    How about a multi-lingual electronic version that can be printed out and kept at polls for citizens that may not read english so well?

  19. HUUFC
    September 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    How about a sample ballot packabe printed in English only and a ballot printed in English only, let’s save some taxpayer money.

  20. September 9, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    what are we teaching at our local university–in loco parentis– to accusations
    recourse does not exist

  21. September 9, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Right on, HUUFC! If you wanna hang here, ya need to read, write and speak our lingo!

  22. Carolyn Crnich
    September 10, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Unlike most counties, Humboldt County is not required by federal law to print ballots/sample ballots in multiple languages. Our ballots and sample ballots are printed in English only but the Secretary of State’s Voter Information Guide is available in Spanish as well as English.

  23. FUUHC
    September 10, 2012 at 7:41 am

    How bout voting booths at Wal*Mart so we can vote and get Low Prices Always®?

  24. What Now
  25. September 11, 2012 at 6:37 am

    I prefer paper as well, but an election can be rigged no matter how you do it. Corruption will find a way.

  26. Felix
    September 11, 2012 at 8:22 pm


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