November 13, 2012
Voters’ Pamphlet needs rethinking
The expense of the mass-mailed Voters’ Pamphlet surely outweighs the service it provides, especially in this day and age.
For one, most of the candidates who submit statements for the guides have nothing substantive to say; their messages have been sanitized to the point of being little more than feel-good pablum.
We’re not suggesting the Voters’ Pamphlet not be printed. Candidate biographies should still be offered, but two positions per page would save a lot of pages. The complete text of ballot issues is essential. But the guide need not be sent to every household.
The guide is already available online, allowing review of the issues and races either from home or at library computers.
For those who prefer having a booklet to study as they fill out their ballots, an option would be to send out voter guides on request. Copies of the Voters’ Pamphlet should be available at libraries, city halls, schools, senior centers and other public places — as they are now.
A postcard should be sent to voters to remind them of websites where the information is available and locations where printed issues can be picked up.