Reporting: Elections Archives

California ballot initiatives—keep them but fix them

California Forward, the League of Women of Voters of California and dozens of others civic groups have been meeting over the past year sharing opinions and ideas for changes in the initiative process. Read More

Categories: Elections, Governance Reform

VIDEO: Taking California’s Online Voter Registration to the next level

The June 3rd primary election is just six weeks away, yet millions of Californians will be unable to cast a ballot because they’re not yet registered to vote. Read More

Categories: Elections, Government

VIDEO: Pew says California ranks near the bottom in election performance

While California was given credit for slashing polling place wait times in half, it was dinged for being one of only two states that don’t provide voters with web-based statewide voting and election information lookup tools Read More

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VIDEO: Secretary of State candidates on making California elections more transparent

Want to know what low or no-cost measures the six candidates for California Secretary of State would take, right away, to improve electoral transparency? California Forward asked them.  Read More

Categories: Elections, Transparency

California Legislators regulating themselves with new transparency bills

Last week a series of bills meant to foster greater public trust in government by, among other things, banning gifts from lobbyists, were announced in the California Legislature. Read More

Categories: Elections, Transparency

Future of California Elections depends on us

Hoping to reverse the trend of declining turnout, policymakers, researchers, election officials and advocates gathered to discuss the challenges and advances in the field of elections as well as explore new opportunities to improve participation and election administration in California. Read More

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VIDEO: California Secretary of State candidates’ ideas on improving voter participation

California Forward’s got you covered; we asked each candidate to name two things you promise do to increase voter participation in California. Watch the video to find out what they said. Read More

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VIDEO: California Secretary of State candidates on low voter participation

We thought it might be interesting to hear some comments from each of the candidates on why we've lagged and how we can improve voter participation.  Read More

Categories: Elections

Can California be optimistic and pessimistic at the same time?

Unaffiliated voters apparently don't vote as much as Democrats and Republicans. So we have less NPPs and less young people heading to the polls, which doesn’t bode well for how representative elected officials actually are of the people they represent. Read More

Categories: Elections, Californians

New grant bolsters Asian American Pacific Islander community

For the first time, Advancing Justice-L.A. received a grant from the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), to provide English as a Second Language (ESL) and Civics classes to the AAPI communities of L.A.  Read More

Categories: Elections, Californians

California makes it easier than ever to vote, but will it work?

In a report released Thursday, the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) examines whether or to what extent recent efforts to broaden the electorate will translate into gains in voter participation. Read More

Categories: Elections

New legislation looks to crack down on fundraising for school board members

nder the legislation, administrators at any state public school district and community college districts will be prohibited from soliciting contributions on behalf of the campaigns and legal defense funds of candidates and incumbent board members that govern those districts. Read More

Categories: Elections, Government

Growing chorus calling for special elections reform in California

There’s a growing chorus of elections officials, voter advocates and lawmakers questioning the way California fills mid-term vacancies in the state legislature. They often carry a price tag of over $1 million in tax dollars and uniformly see less than 30 percent of eligible voters cast ballots. Read More

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Year in Review: Voting and elections

Continuing with our review of the past year, we sat one-on-one with Caroline Vance Bruister of CAFwd's Partnership for Public Accountability.  Read More

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New team seeks to take online voting from fantasy to reality

The project brings together experts in computer science, usability, and auditing and adds in the expertise of local election officials from counties throughout the U.S. to examine potential solutions to the current roadblocks toward online voting. Read More

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VIDEO: LA City Council President addresses Angeleno voter apathy

The City of Los Angeles has tasked a citizen’s panel to solve the great mystery of disappearing voters. We spoke to President Herb Wesson about the commission designed to get them back. Read More

Categories: Elections, Civic Engagement

Term limits to the rescue?

Council members, in the city of La Mesa, near San Diego, may soon have to readjust to some new rules if a citizens group is successful in putting a term limits initiative on the ballot.  Read More

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VIDEO: Assemblyman Anthony Rendon shares thoughts on mobilizing voters

Assemblyman Anthony Rendon was voted into office in November 2012. He represents district 45 which includes cities like Maywood, Cudahy and Hawaiian Gardens. Another city in his district? The city of Bell, which of course, is synonymous with government corruption. Read More

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Covered California failing to comply with National Voter Registration Act

Under the federal law, more commonly known as the “Motor Voter” act, government agencies providing public assistance are required to offer individuals opportunities to register to vote. That means all Californians applying for health coverage through the state exchange should simultaneously be offered the opportunity to register to vote.  Read More

Categories: Elections, Accountability

Deja Vu: Yet another Special Election Tuesday comes and goes in California

Because of legislative musical chairs, whopping 14 special elections will have been held in California by year's end Read More

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