Reporting: Elections Archives

CA Fwd’s comment on U.S. Supreme Court’s redistricting ruling

Statement on Monday's ruling in favor of independent redistricting commissions in Arizona case Read More

Categories: Democracy, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Initiative Reform, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Governance Reform, Government, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Governance Reform, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting

U.S. Supreme Court upholds citizens redistricting

The Supreme Court affirmed the power of Arizona's independent commission to draw congressional boundaries, a decision that protects California's own citizens redistricting reform. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Initiative Reform, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Governance Reform, Government, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting

VIDEO: California proposal to expand voting options takes cues from Colorado

Watch author of election modernization law talk about reforms that helped boost Colorado's voter turnout, ideas that prompted a new proposed reform bill supported by California's elections chief.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections

The road to democracy via the Lachin Corridor

County clerk from California made the 7,000-mile trek to the disputed region and de facto independent state of Nagorno-Karabakh to observe recent elections and found them to be free and fair--along with a population informed and excited about participating.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Elections

Poll: Californians say voter turnout a big problem, support election reforms

Survey shows most voters and non-voters open to reforms designed to boost turnout, like sending every registered Californian a vote-by-mail ballot and automatically registering people who utilize DMV. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, Government, Civic Engagement, Elections, State Budget

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: California Chief Justice leads charge to close civic knowledge gap

State Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye created partnership with California schools to boost student proficiency in civic to encourage more participation in democracy. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Government, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Elections

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

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