Although not yet elected, a lengthy to-do list already awaits the next California Secretary of State on his first day in office. Record low voter participation, rapidly aging voting technology, a crash-prone campaign finance disclosure system, a paper-based business filing system, and the launch of Vote-Cal to pave way for implementation of same-day voter registration, are among the challenges the state’s top election official will face during the next four years.
Undeterred, the two remaining candidates, Democratic State Senator Alex Padilla and Republican Pete Peterson, Executive Director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at Pepperdine University, shared their priorities and vision to improve California elections at an event hosted by the Public Policy Institute of California yesterday.
[Click here for our take on what the candidates had to say.]
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