Reporting: Elections Archives

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

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

Your final vote by mail cheatsheet!

A record-breaking 69 percent of voters in the June 2014 primary cast their ballots by mail. And more than one million vote-by-mail ballots have already been cast for the November general election. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections

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

New data shows strong support Proposition 1, gains for Proposition 2

It's less than two weeks from the election and neither the drought, the support for the state water bond seem, or interest in beefing up the state's budget reserve seem to be waning much.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, Economy, Regional Economies, Smart Investment, Infrastructure

Pete Weber and Jim Mayer: State political reform is working

The evidence is growing that voters are getting the political reform they wanted when they seized from lawmakers the authority to draw district boundaries, opened primary elections to all voters, and modified term limits to reduce constant campaigning. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, Governance Reform, Government

Public database of county by county elections costs in the works for California

A slew of election reforms are proposed each year. When reviewing a measure, one of the first things legislators want to know is: What’s the cost? Read More

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

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

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

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