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California halfway to next round of redistricting

Many Californians and election officials already looking ahead to the state's next redrawing of election districts, scheduled for 2021.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Future of California Elections, Proposition 11, Redistricting, Elections, Proposition 11, Redistricting

Website lets Californians explore the costs of running an election

Association of county election officials launches website that dives into statewide database of how much an election costs, from staffing polling places to printing ballots. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections Funding Project, Elections

California counties worried about cost of June primary—and beyond

With California playing an important role in this year's presidential cycle, the state's long-term election funding challenge has come into sharp focus.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Future of California Elections, Elections Funding Project

VIDEO: What can California learn from high voter turnout states?

CA Fwd talks to election leaders from states with high voter turnout rates, Colorado and Oregon. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Future of California Elections, Elections

SB 1349 Cal-Access bill is another step forward in California’s political reform era

Bill would authorize the replacement of the antiquated technology behind California's campaign finance reporting and disclosure system. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections

Commentary: 10 things California should do to modernize elections and increase voter turnout

Meaningful democratic participation depends on adequate resources provided to counties for running of elections. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Future of California Elections, Elections

VIDEO: When will voters get to cast their ballot online?

Despite the many ways we transact business online, elections leaders say there are still significant hurdles to get over before voting online becomes reality. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Future of California Elections, Tech-enhanced Government, Elections

Elections leaders tout voter turnout and access reforms at Los Angeles gathering

Secretaries of State from high turnout states shared how they've worked to increase participation and California officials talked about boosting access and addressing barriers to voting. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Future of California Elections, Elections Funding Project, Elections

Is it time California looks at how we pay for our elections?

Rising costs and aging voting systems will affect the future of California elections, the topic of a gathering of election officials this week. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Future of California Elections, Elections Funding Project, Elections

Rock The Vote takes aim at California’s low youth voter turnout

Youth vote panel at this week's FoCE Conference in L.A. will talk up efforts to boost participation by Millennials, who were 28 percent of the state's electorate last presidential election Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Future of California Elections, Elections

CA Fwd partners with watchdog agency to modernize California’s landmark political ethics law

Project to streamline and simplify California's Political Reform Act will make it easier to understand, comply with, and enforce the 41-year-old ethics law. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections, Governance Reform

How civic engagement can help improve voter participation

How to motivate California's diverse electorate to participate in elections a major topic at Future of California Elections Conference happening this week. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Future of California Elections, Elections

Conference to spotlight efforts to modernize California’s elections and boost turnout

At upcoming gathering, election officials will tackle state's low voter participation and fundamentals like adequately paying for elections.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Future of California Elections, Elections Funding Project, Elections

Paying for California’s elections remains big concern among registrars

Counties face many challenges including inadequate funding while efforts to boost turnout could increase costs Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Elections Funding Project, Elections

Improve Voter Turnout? Three States Are Poised to Make News

The Future of California Elections' 2016 conference in Los Angeles will be held on February 25-26. Doug Chapin will moderate a panel featuring Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, and California Secretary of State Alex Padilla.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Elections

Increasing Voter Turnout Is Not Simple

On Thursday night, the California Association of Clerks and Election Officials (CACEO) and UCLA sponsored a discussion on California's voter turnout and the utilization of technology to increase turnout.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections

VIDEO: California’s 2016 voter turnout in elections chief Alex Padilla’s sights

Now that California's motor voter registration law was approved, CA Fwd asks the Secretary of State how to actually get more voters to vote.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Elections

Upgrading California’s elections for the 21st century

Election reforms and voting tech upgrades make strides toward transforming California's Election Day into a smarter "election period." Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections Funding Project, Civic Engagement, Elections

Unheard Voices: Why aren’t more Californians voting?

There are many theories on California's low voter turnout but no single magic fix. Luckily there are groups tackling the multiple causes to the increasing problem. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Elections Funding Project, Elections

Legislative wrap-up: Bills signed by Governor Brown boost transparency and accountability

New California laws include victories in open data, election reform and campaign finance Read More

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

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