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Subject:2010 election in dead trees
Time:11:53 pm
Meg Whitman's campaign sent me ten different pieces of mail. Jerry Brown's campaign sent me six. However, the California Democratic Party sent four MW attack mailings, for a JB total of ten. Governor's race: tied.

Five ads from Don Perata for mayor, plus one independent mailing supporting him. Three for Rebecca Kaplan. One for Jean Quan. Oakland mayor's race: Perata by a mile. (He lost.)

Ray Bradburn for BART board sent me four pieces of mail. FOUR?! For the freakin' BART board? I don't know why you want to be on it that badly. Really.

I got two mailers in support of Mike Villines for insurance commisssioner. One for Strickland for controller.

Yes on 20, no on 27 sent me two mailings.
No on 26 and Yes on 26 each sent one.
No on 24 sent one.

I got five mailings in support of random local stuff.

I got a COPS voters guide, a Green voters guide, an LGBT voters guide, an independent voters guide (no idea who was responsible), a Democratic Election Education Guide, and a Women's Election Guide for Democrats. Strangely, nothing from the Republicans, even though I'm registered independent.

And finally, two different election guides and sample ballots, plus two educational mailings about ranked choice voting.

Election total: 57 mailings, a pile about two inches thick.

How much of it did I look at? I glanced at the voters guide to see where my polling place was.


Total weight of the mailings: just over 2.5 pounds. The two election guides alone were nearly 11 ounces.

According to the Public Policy Institute of California, there are 17 million registered voters in California. That means that election mailings in California produced just over 21 thousand tons of paper. One number suggests that it takes 24 trees to produce a ton of paper, which means that it took just over half a million trees worth of paper to send mail to California's voters. That's one tree for every 33 voters.

(Handwaving and disclaimers: I grabbed random numbers from the internet without a lot of cross-checking. I like round numbers. I'm assuming everyone got the same amount of mail. And I'm assuming virgin paper, even though much of it was probably recycled.)
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slfisher
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Time:2010-11-12 12:23 pm (UTC)
Do not assume everyone got the same amount of mail.
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whipartist
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Time:2010-11-12 04:50 pm (UTC)
I don't. However, since I had no logical and justifiable scaling factor to use, that was the easiest number for me to work with.
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jpmassar
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Time:2010-11-12 04:13 pm (UTC)
While BART’s nine elected members of the Board of Directors only make approximately $1,300 per month, they do receive most, but not all of the same benefits BART employees receive.

http://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2009/news20090702a.aspx

I expected the compensation to be much higher. So yeah, why would someone want to be the BART board that badly?
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jpmassar
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Time:2010-11-12 04:14 pm (UTC)
Strangely, nothing from the Republicans, even though I'm registered independent.

Statistically speaking, people with fuchsia hair are extremely unlikely to vote Republican.
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chrishartman
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Time:2010-11-12 05:11 pm (UTC)
Statistically speaking, people with fuchsia hair are extremely unlikely.
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whipartist
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Time:2010-11-12 05:13 pm (UTC)
Perhaps I don't even exist?
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jpmassar
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Time:2010-11-12 05:49 pm (UTC)
Conditional probability is a bitch woman with fuchsia hair.
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gunga_galunga
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Time:2010-11-12 04:38 pm (UTC)
I think our voter's guide was made from recycled paper (and was by far the biggest piece of mail I got). While your numbers may seem big, think about how many pounds per week a major newspaper is. Much more than 2.5, I bet.
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whipartist
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Time:2010-11-12 04:48 pm (UTC)
My newspaper is made from 100% recycled electrons.

If I'm getting a dead-tree paper, it's almost always because I chose to purchase it-- they don't just show up out of the blue. I'd never have 2.5 lbs of paper that I never looked at, except after the election to sort it into categories and post about it on LJ.
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pfrimshot
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Time:2010-11-12 06:23 pm (UTC)
Since I'm ineligible to vote, I got none. But I did receive two phonebooks this month; probably an equivalent amount of paper each. And thoroughly useless since I can't even imagine using one instead of Google.

Worse; there are a lot of vacancies in my apartment building, but every door got the same number of phonebooks whether there is a resident or not.

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loser_variable
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Time:2010-11-12 10:59 pm (UTC)
Save the trees, recycle the pols.
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greeklady
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Time:2010-11-15 06:05 am (UTC)
I am shocked you didn't enjoy the 25 page book MW sent!! LOL I jest. Stupidly though I would guess virgin paper and used in a way I assume cannot be recycled. All those large glossy papers just irked me to no end. How do we get this waste to stop?
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