Politics

#WhoMailedIt: Share your campaign mail with KPCC

Even with all the new technology at their fingertips, candidates for office continue to use the U.S. Postal Service as a conduit to the voter.
Even with all the new technology at their fingertips, candidates for office continue to use the U.S. Postal Service as a conduit to the voter.
Maya Sugarman/KPCC

Vote-by-mail ballots for the Nov. 8 election will soon hit Southern California mailboxes. The pitches from the candidates themselves already have.

Even with all the new technology at their fingertips, candidates and the groups that support them continue to count on the U.S. Postal Service as a conduit to voters, touting their message or slamming the competition on glossy mailers. Some send "slate cards" listing a collection of candidates or measures to vote for.

We want to examine this mail to ask: What claims are candidates and their supporters making? Do they vary by geography, race or ethnicity? Are their claims even true?

KPCC wants you to help us explore those questions through a project we're calling #WhoMailedIt.

There are several ways you can participate:

A special thanks to all who emailed, tweeted or delivered hard copies of mailers before the June primary. We received more than 13 pounds of political mail before election night. A series of nasty, negative mailers collected through the project lead to multiple election season stories.

And we're not stopping there: our pile of general election mailers is just starting to stack up.