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San Diegans Can Opt Out Of Mailed Ballot Pamphlets

Photo by Claire Trageser

Two churchgoers at the San Diego Living Water Church work on filling in their ballots, May 22, 2016.

Voters who don't want their mailboxes laden with two ballot pamphlets, each more than 100 pages long, can opt out.

Voters who don't want their mailboxes laden with two ballot pamphlets, each more than 100 pages long, can opt out.

The San Diego City Council voted Wednesday against eliminating a supplemental ballot pamphlet and instead posting the text of two citizen initiatives online.

But there's still an option for voters who don't want to receive the ballot pamphlets.

Cynthia Paes, the assistant registrar of voters for San Diego County, said residents can request an electronic version. The registrar added a link to the form to its homepage, sdvote.com, under popular services.

"There’s a short form and instead of receiving it through the mail, you will receive an email that will link you to an e-sample ballot,” Paes said.

Because of the council’s vote, San Diegans who don’t go online will get two pamphlets, including one with the full text of an initiative to build a Chargers stadium — 119 pages — and another to block waterfront expansion of the Convention Center — 77 pages.

Paes hopes putting the pamphlets online will save money.

"Eventually we hope to see an overall cost savings in paper usage," she said.

San Diego County’s Lilac-Hills initiative is more than 650 pages. That won't be sent out in the mail.

"You'll be able to access that 600 plus pages on the website," said Paes.

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