Reporting: Civic Engagement Archives

What happens to public trust when activists become lawmakers?

Newly elected officials talk about the harsh realities of learning how to work inside the system of local government Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Government, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Transparency

New digital transparency tool cracks open lawmaking for Californians

Free, online platform gives Californians "Google-like" search tool to view government hearings  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Government, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Transparency

VIDEO: How to boost youth voting? Change voting age says lawmaker

Lawmaker proposes lowering state primary voting age to engage young voters earlier in the electoral process and encourage lifelong voting Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Elections

VIDEO: California chief justice and state elections chief on increasing voter turnout

State officials addressed elections conference on boosting civic education and voter turnout in California Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Elections

California elections officials, voting advocates tackle low voter turnout

Elections conference takes up elections nuts-and-bolts issues like access and turnout numbers, like the mere 8.2% of young Californians who voted in November 2014. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Elections

New study finds dismal 2014 youth voter turnout may continue unabated

When less than 10 percent of eligible young Californians make their voice heard through the ballot box, the future of our state is refusing to have a say in our state’s future. Action needs to be taken. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections

Some final words on this important Election Day in California

Before we say get out and vote (!), we have a few other things we’d like to discuss. Think of this as Scrooged, California Edition, because we’re going to talk about the past, the present and the future. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, Economy, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Government

VIDEO: To overcome Millennial cynicism, empower them with good info

Millennials don't trust those in power and think that their vote doesn't count. Voter's Edge can combat this cynicism by arming them with trusted election information Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections

New research shows CA youth more likely to have their vote-by-mail ballots rejected

New research reveals demographic disparities in California’s unsuccessful vote-by-mail ballots, finding youth are more likely to have their vote-by-mail ballots rejected than older voters. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Californians, Millennials

Sen. Alex Padilla: Showing Millennials that voting does matter

While we can’t legislate more exciting candidates, we can do more to show voters that every vote matters Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Californians, Millennials

Today is final day to register to vote in November election

While online voter registration has boosted the number of 18-24 year olds added to the voter registration rolls, young people remain underrepresented as a proportion of the state’s overall electorate Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Californians, Millennials

VIDEO: Long Beach city councilman asks residents how they would spend $250,000

Less than three months into his first term, Long Beach City Councilmember Rex Richardson is already proving he’s not afraid to shake up City Hall. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Economy, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Reader Poll

Pete Peterson on Millennial civic engagement: Know the challenges

If there’s one thing I've learned, it’s that what works to increase engagement for one group or community might not be what works for another. This is particularly true for Millennials, who face different civic engagement challenges than other generations. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Californians, Millennials

Newly launched Voter’s Edge is one-stop info resource for voters

Berkeley-based MapLight has partnered with the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund to create the most robust single website for information concerning California elections Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections

More online tools emerging to educate and inform voting-age Millennials

California has a great opportunity in its 299 colleges with their enormous student population to lead yet again in registering and engaging the Millennials who make up 34 percent of the adult population Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Tech-enhanced Government, Californians, Millennials

New survey highlights role colleges can play in informing and registering young voters

Did your university ever send you a reminder to register to vote? Well according to a survey of more than 1,000 California students conducted by the CALPRIG Education Fund, they should have Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Californians, Millennials

Online voter info key to getting hyper-connected Millennials to the polls

Remember a time when you couldn't think of any song or any clip from any movie, look it up on YouTube and immediately share it with a friend in a few seconds time? Millennials don’t. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Californians, Millennials, Government

Californians will save water, but will they vote?

"CA Fwd will be listening closely to the candidates to see how they plan to reverse the troubling trend of declining voter participation, how they will energize efforts to modernize Cal Access, and how they will ensure VoteCal implementation is timely with appropriate stakeholder involvement to make a system that will last," said Jim Mayer, President and CEO of CA Fwd.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Californians, Millennials

VIDEO: California’s Hmong find their voice in politics

How a young woman, the daughter of Hmong refugee parents, became inspired to inform and activate her community. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Californians, Forward Thinkers, Civic Engagement, Elections, Forward Thinkers

Registration for the June 3rd primary closes today

Here's everything you need to know to get registered last minute so you can participate in the upcoming June 3rd California primary. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections

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