Binder with copies of 19 letters and envelopes; two posters
Dear Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes was conceived in response to my disenfranchisement in my home state of Arizona during the 2018 midterm elections, due to the late arrival of my absentee ballot (fortunately, I was able to vote in Connecticut instead). Subsequently, I mailed a letter every day to my local elections official informing him of my disenfranchisement, until I received an official response in late November. Based on this response, I created two posters that examine the visual form of “Official Election Mail,” as defined by the United States Postal Service. The first poster isolates the graphic elements present on two envelopes: the one that my absentee ballot arrived in and the one intended for its return to the Maricopa County Elections Department. The second poster compares the envelope in which the response letter arrived to a sample in the Official Election Mail graphic guidelines; the Official Election Mail logo is misplaced on the former. My letter-writing campaign is documented in a binder that contains a copy of every letter and envelope that I mailed to Adrian Fontes over the course of a month.