Commentary

How insufficient election funding can hold back voter turnout

Election officials are taking stock of how smoothly California's primary elections ran, while dealing with long-standing funding problems. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Future of California Elections, Elections Funding Project, Elections

In 2016 elections, progress for women running for office remains mixed

While wins at the top of the ticket are evident, the news in other state and local races is more complicated. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections

How the Top Two primary is changing California

Observers of California politics reflect on the electoral reform, which resulted in 23 state races with candidates from the same party facing off in November.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Proposition 14, Top Two Primary, Elections, Proposition 14

California voters approve Prop 50 with more reform measures on horizon

Ballot initiative wins overwhelming approval from voters; proposals to boost transparency in the Legislature move forward Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Initiative Reform, Elections

To supporters, Prop 50 is small but correct step in good government direction

Measure before voters on June 7 primary ballot seeks to allow Legislature to suspend its members without pay Read More

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

VIDEO: Why care about how California pays for elections?

Solving state-local tension over funding elections is key to reducing costs, improving the voter experience and modernizing aging voting technology. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections Funding Project, Elections

CA Fwd report outlines plan to upgrade how California pays for elections

Analysis sheds light on state-local tension over county funding of elections and reforms dependent on solving the problem. Read More

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

California needs to think long-term after extra election funding approved

California is correctly addressing perfect storm of competitive presidential primary and glut of November ballot measures. Read More

Categories: Community Services, Restructuring, Democracy, Elections, Elections Funding Project, Elections

California halfway to next round of redistricting

Many Californians and election officials already looking ahead to the state's next redrawing of election districts, scheduled for 2021.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Future of California Elections, Proposition 11, Redistricting, Elections, Proposition 11, Redistricting

Website lets Californians explore the costs of running an election

Association of county election officials launches website that dives into statewide database of how much an election costs, from staffing polling places to printing ballots. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections Funding Project, Elections

California counties worried about cost of June primary—and beyond

With California playing an important role in this year's presidential cycle, the state's long-term election funding challenge has come into sharp focus.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Future of California Elections, Elections Funding Project

VIDEO: What can California learn from high voter turnout states?

CA Fwd talks to election leaders from states with high voter turnout rates, Colorado and Oregon. Read More

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

SB 1349 Cal-Access bill is another step forward in California’s political reform era

Bill would authorize the replacement of the antiquated technology behind California's campaign finance reporting and disclosure system. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections

Commentary: 10 things California should do to modernize elections and increase voter turnout

Meaningful democratic participation depends on adequate resources provided to counties for running of elections. Read More

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

VIDEO: When will voters get to cast their ballot online?

Despite the many ways we transact business online, elections leaders say there are still significant hurdles to get over before voting online becomes reality. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Future of California Elections, Tech-enhanced Government, Elections

Elections leaders tout voter turnout and access reforms at Los Angeles gathering

Secretaries of State from high turnout states shared how they've worked to increase participation and California officials talked about boosting access and addressing barriers to voting. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Future of California Elections, Elections Funding Project, Elections

Is it time California looks at how we pay for our elections?

Rising costs and aging voting systems will affect the future of California elections, the topic of a gathering of election officials this week. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Future of California Elections, Elections Funding Project, Elections

Rock The Vote takes aim at California’s low youth voter turnout

Youth vote panel at this week's FoCE Conference in L.A. will talk up efforts to boost participation by Millennials, who were 28 percent of the state's electorate last presidential election. Read More

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

CA Fwd partners with watchdog agency to modernize California’s landmark political ethics law

Project to streamline and simplify California's Political Reform Act will make it easier to understand, comply with, and enforce the 41-year-old ethics law. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Political Reform Act, Elections, Governance Reform

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

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