Jeri Lynn unregistered to vote today because she was tired of getting bombarded by the political parties with their endless mailing of brochures, pamphlets, letters, postcards and other literature.
The 5-foot something woman was upset and determined when she walked up to the counter of the county Elections Department and dumped a large stack of political mail sent to her Ventura condominium.
There was old and new campaign literature in all shapes, sizes and a rainbow of colors from several people and political committee including Das Williams, Mike Stoke, the Small Business Action Committee, Elton Gallegly for Congress and Steven Hintz for county treasurer.
There were the political persuasions and urges that came via the mail: "We Urge You to Vote for Measure H" and "Vote No on Prop 24."
And, this gem that summed it all up: "Confused About the Candidates?"
Jeri Lynn declined to give me her last name, saying she was a very private person. She said she has a "tiny mailbox" and wanted the mailings to immediately stop.
A polite and patient county clerk named "Olivia" held a calm smile and listened to Jerri Lynn.
Olivia explained that the county sells the voter's registration listing with names and addresses to politicians who use the listing to mail out their political campaign literature.
She said it's out of the county's hands on who gets this political mail. Olivia tried to hand Jeri Lynn a leaflet of those running for office, their addresses and phone numbers.
"What's the use?" said Jeri Lynn.
The feisty woman was troubled that she wasn't given a chance to reject these political mailings, saying "this whole thing" was undemocratic.
"You're holding a gun to my head," she told Olivia.
Olivia said she would ask another county employee who might be able to shed more light on this matter.
The male Elections Department employee told Jeri Lynn that long before he started working there, state legislators passed a law about 20 years ago saying that voter registration information can be sold to the public.
Jeri Lynn said she has been able to "opt out" of getting flyers, coupon magazines, letters, leaflets, and other ad mailings from businesses. She said she is so frustrated that she can't stop the mailman from continuously stuffing her mail box during the frenzy of a political campaign.
Why don't you just do what the rest of us do? Throw this stuff in the trash can as soon as you get it.
(Actually, I sometimes keep the long pamphlets and large fold outs for other purposes. I am convinced I have the most politically astute bird in the neighborhood.)
Jeri Lynn described herself as being eco-friendly and believes in recycling.
"I believe they're killing trees and that's not very green," she said.
Jeri Lynn said there is no recycling trashcan near her home and she has to walk quite a distance to find one to dump all this political literature.
Seriously, what you are doing seems pretty extreme. I mean kids died on the beaches of Normandy, the jungles of Vietnam, the deserts of Iraq and other places so we can live in a free country and vote, I said.
"You don't even want to go there," Jeri Lynn fired back. "That's a huge debate."
Well, Jeri Lynn is no longer a registered voter.
I pointed out that people who are running for office will probably run for reelection the next time around, and some might dust off old voter registration listings.
"I guess I'll have to move away and not leave a forwarding address or die," she said as she left.