Reporting: Elections Archives

Poll: What should be the top priority for next CA Secretary of State?

Although not yet elected, a lengthy to-do list already awaits the next California Secretary of State on his first day in office. Which issue do you think he should tackle first? Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Reader Poll

Candidates for elections chief tout resumes and ways to boost voter turnout

A conversation between the two candidates for Secretary of State appear to differ more on their approach to getting under the hood of California's elections than on what needs fixing. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections

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

Latino Millennials are an expanding and influential voter demo

Hispanic Millennials make up about seven percent of California’s voting population and are influential both for their own numbers and how they also provide information to older generations Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Californians, Millennials, Government

California voter turnout will depend on educating unaffiliated Millennials

The millennial generation increasingly has identifies as "no party preference" and votes less than other generations. That means voter turnout will increasingly rely on getting more voter information to that population. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Californians, Millennials, Elections

Video Reader Poll: How SB29 would dramatically reduce vote-by-mail rejections

More than 65,000 VBM ballots in California went uncounted in 2012, according to Pew Charitable Trusts estimates Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections

Millennials are like any other demographic: easy to stereotype, hard to define

To lump Millennials into a narrowly-defined group would be a mistake because they are as a diverse as any group of people with a shared trait Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Californians, Millennials

Reader Poll: Would turning elections into a lottery boost voter turnout?

The Los Angeles City Ethics Commission voted on Thursday to recommend the City Council explore the possibility of offering cash prizes to lure voters to the ballot box Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Reader Poll

Millennials avoid polls due to lack of solid voter information

Several Millennials we spoke with claim that they would be much more civically active if there was an easy to understand source of non-partisan information Read More

Categories: Democracy, 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

California elections officials gather at conference in wake of primary news

Vote by Mail and the cost of elections in California were topics included in the annual meeting. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections

Reform success shows California governable and no longer broken

The effects of elections and budget reform can't be ignored but there's also more work to be done to improve government and the economy here. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Governance Reform, Economy, Tom McKernan, Budget Reform, State Budget, Budget Reform, Elections, Governance Reform, State Budget, Tom McKernan

Several bills aim to improve transparency and confidence in CA elections

Three of the bills (844, 52, and 1442) are specifically aimed at campaign disclosure, while SB 1253 will require that more information shall be given to voters on initiatives Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Accountability, Transparency

California’s top-two primary still making news

The jungle primary has created a number of competitive elections but the low voter turnout needs attention as well.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections

Survey Says: Californians concerned by low voter turnout, unsure of solution

Two weeks ago California held a statewide primary election. Didn’t know? Initial vote tallies indicate you’re far from alone. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Californians

The Primary Club: Thoughts on California’s startlingly low June voter turnout

Pundits, data-miners, reporters…everyone wants to know why statewide turnout on Tuesday was less than the number of registered voters in Los Angeles County alone Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Governance Reform

Top Two Primary invites independent voters to the party, too

Independent voters have long been the Plain Jane of the high school that is American politics, but now they're invited to the party...without having a party Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections

VIDEO: Creating a more diverse California electorate

Lisa García Bedolla has some engaging thoughts on how to diversity the strangely uniform California voting population Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections

When you vote by mail, make it count

Voting by mail is a popular option among California voters, but the rise in its use has also resulted in a large number of ballots goingthat go uncounted every statewide election Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections

CA Fwd and others call on Sacramento to modernize California’s disclosure systems

This week a broad coalition consisting of good government groups, newspaper publishers, and lobbyists came together for one goal: fix Cal-Access and put Form 700s online Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Governance Reform, Government, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Elections, Governance Reform, Transparency

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