Reporting: Elections Archives

California’s political reforms are working

Latest special election in district with political makeup similar to the entire state shows how California's top-two primary is an incentive for less partisan politics. Read More

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

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

Wait… What? Agency advising Governor on payments to counties proposes moving to VBM to save money

The State of California, like some other states, has an "unfunded mandate" law that requires the state to make money available for new legislation that imposes costs on counties. In practice, those mandates can be "suspended" for budgetary reasons, leaving localities holding the bag on costs. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Elections

Head of California’s watchdog agency on right track to modernization

CA Fwd's mission of improving government transparency with technology lines up with push by FPPC's Jodi Remke to modernize the state's disclosure system. Read More

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

Jodi Remke: Technology and Transparency go hand in hand

Head of California's Fair Political Practices Commission talks about the need for state to modernize campaign finance disclosure. Read More

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

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

Los Angeles called an election—but no one showed up

“You’re the first person without gray hair to come in and vote today.” Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections

VIDEO: California elections chief Alex Padilla lays out reform priorities

Voting rights, finished registration database and helping businesses top the California Secretary of State's list of needed reforms this year.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, 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

Doug Chapin and Vince Hall: Increasing voter participation is a California imperative

California is a leading voice in national elections and has an important opportunity to be a model for the rest of the country by solving complex problems like low voter turnout. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections

California Chief Justice to speak at state elections conference

"Working Together For A More Inclusive Democracy" is the theme of the Future of California Elections 2015 Conference. Read More

Categories: Democracy, 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

CA Fwd’s letter to the Federal Election Commission

CA Fwd is asking the FEC to embrace and improve electronic disclosure of campaign finance information so that it's more difficult for large political donors to exert more influence on policy decisions than the average citizen Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections

California Attorney General adds commenting to ballot initiative site

Important reforms to how our state’s direct democracy is conducted were signed into law in the fall of 2014 and they are starting to see the light of day in the real world Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Initiative Reform

Year in Review: Democracy and Elections

Despite record low turnout, Bruister explains progress that’s been made this year in regard to California’s elections and improving voter information, Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Initiative Reform

A quick word on California ballot initiative reform

BITA has passed, but what are the next steps toward ensuring its success? And what are Californians looking for in this new Legislative session? Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Initiative Reform, Tech-enhanced Government, Transparency, Government, Accountability, Governance Reform, Transparency

Another California election, another story about low turnout

California held a statewide election on Tuesday, but more than two-thirds of voters missed the memo. Initial vote tallies reveal a paltry 30 percent of registered voters bothered to cast a ballot. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Californians, Millennials

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

A message for young voters on Election Day: your vote counts

Last June the statewide contest for controller was decided by less voters than it takes to fill a large lecture hall (481). Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Californians, Millennials

A tale of two elections

When the California Legislature hit the campaign trail, the normally cynical press corps had to concede the session was one of the most productive and bipartisan in a generation. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Governance Reform, Term Limits

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