Commentary

California ballot propositions cut down to haiku size

Los Angeles man created poetic, three-line descriptions for each of California's 17 ballot propositions Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Civic Engagement, Elections

Prop 54 supporters make their case for increased transparency

November ballot initiative would require all open legislative hearings be recorded and made available Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform, Accountability, Transparency

Sacramento millennial jumps into local politics to bring fresh voice to table

“I’m young but I’m ready,” says the candidate about decision to step up and run for office.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Elections

Project to modernize California’s Political Reform Act takes stage in L.A.

Public interest in work to simplify state's political ethics law drew an audience of lawyers, public servants, academics and concerned citizens in Los Angeles. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Political Reform Act, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Elections, Transparency

Scandal paved the way for Millennial “revolution” in Cudahy

Council in Southern California city now boasts a millennial majority and a new outlook after FBI investigation scandal. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Transparency

How civic engagement can help improve voter participation

How to motivate California's diverse electorate to participate in elections a major topic at Future of California Elections Conference happening this week. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Future of California Elections, Elections

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, Future of California 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

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

State Assembly to tackle improving civic participation

State committee will explore boosting civic engagement which is more than just voting. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Civic Engagement

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

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

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: California’s middle ground region hosts bipartisan conversation

Event in Clovis in the Central Valley will feature Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin and others talking about public budgets, schools, jobs and how to engage residents.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Bipartisan Conversations, Civic Engagement, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Economy, Civic Engagement, Education, Elections, State Budget

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

California looking for innovative ideas from citizens in $25,000 contest

Three state departments to select best ideas to help solve specific problems, while engaging citizens in innovating government Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Civic Engagement

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

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

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