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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, 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

California makes it easier to register to vote—but will more people cast a ballot?

Governor signs bill to automatically register eligible Californians who visit the DMV but more election reform work is needed to ensure there's a turnout turnaround.  Read More

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

L.A. County reboot of voting machine tech makes progress

For anyone who has used a smartphone, voting should be a cinch with new voting system, set to be in place for 2020 election.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections Funding Project, Elections

Help Wanted: More California women needed to run for public office

Report: While city councils have increased representation by women, the number of women in the California Legislature is down.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Top Two Primary, Government, Civic Engagement, Elections

VIDEO: Bipartisan Conversation coming to Clovis in the Central Valley

Money, Schools, Jobs & You event moves the critical discussion about getting involved in California's biggest challenges to the Central Valley. Read More

Categories: Community Services, School Governance, Democracy, Bipartisan Conversations, Civic Engagement, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Economy, Civic Engagement, Education, Elections

VIDEO: Is California’s nonpartisan primary having a positive effect on politics?

Elected officials and election experts weigh in on the Top Two primary at event that took stock of the election reform approved by voters five years ago.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Proposition 11, Top Two Primary, Elections, Proposition 11

Registering to vote is only half the battle

Important efforts to get more people registered to vote are one part of a larger public policy issue with elections in California. Read More

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

Automatic registration and the “unknown” voter

What does the addition of the "unknown" voter category by the New Motor Voter Program mean for California political party outreach? Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Top Two Primary, Civic Engagement, Elections

Election funding grant announced by CA Fwd and James Irvine Foundation

CA Fwd project will explore effective ways California counties and other states secure adequate and sustainable funding for administering elections. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections Funding Project, Elections

New search tool gives boost to California campaign finance transparency

California Secretary of State launches streamlined way of searching campaign contributions toward state-level candidates and ballot measures.  Read More

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

A Time for Bipartisan Deals

State Senator Steve Glazer, elected over a fellow Democrat via the top-two primary, pointed the way to bipartisan compromise through six new political rules he says will result in a stronger democracy. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Proposition 14, Top Two Primary, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Revenue Reform, Tax Reform, Governance Reform, Budget Reform, Elections, Proposition 14

Elections summit takes stock of California’s nonpartisan top-two primary reform

The question of the day in Sacramento was whether California's open primary reform was reducing partisan gridlock and creating more competitive elections.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Proposition 14, Top Two Primary, Governance Reform, Government, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Elections, Proposition 14, Redistricting

Bipartisan leaders kick off conversation in San Jose on California’s big challenges

Education, the economy, and civic engagement topped the agenda at event in Silicon Valley, where a bipartisan panel looked to kick off a larger movement to boost community involvement in solving the big problems of today.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Bipartisan Conversations, Civic Engagement, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Economy, Creating Jobs, Regional Economies, Government, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Elections, Transparency

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