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San Franciscans can now opt out of receiving voter pamphlet guide

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The paperless movement gained ground Tuesday when the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved legislation that would allow voters in San Francisco to opt out of receiving a hard copy of voter information pamphlets.

And instead receive them via email.

Introduced by Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, the law is intended to cut government costs and build on the green movement.

The board was able to pass the local law after Assembly Bill 1717 was signed into law, which amended the California Elections Code to allow local election officials to implement a program to allow people to opt out of receiving hard copies of the pamphlets.

In the November 2010 election, a voter pamphlet cost 74 cents to print and 19 cents to mail.

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