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VIDEO: Getting public involved remains key to Political Reform Act revision

Public input will help make California's political ethics law simpler and encourage more participation in the political process. Read More

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

Political Reform Act Revision webinar draws great interest

Project will invite public comment on refreshed version of California's "overly complex, cumbersome and at times inconsistent" political ethics law. Read More

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

VIDEO: Why California is modernizing its Political Reform Act

Head of California's lead political watchdog agency shares why the political ethics law is in need of modernization. Read More

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

Political Reform Act webinar set for this week

FPPC and CA Fwd will share info on project to make the law simpler to understand and enforce Read More

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

Looking outside California for election reforms that improve turnout and save money

How reforms based in technology, innovation and practicality impact elections and the bottom line Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections Funding Project, Elections

Modernization of California’s landmark Political Reform Act announced

Project to update California’s venerable political ethics law for the 21st century has kicked off and will include public webinar and input phases Read More

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

The Politics of Prosperity

New report reveals Latinos' access to the American Dream is at risk because of a "representation gap" in high-level offices Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections

How insufficient funding can undermine elections

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

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