CVF-News roundup: Oct. 29th CVF anniversary party, 2019 legislative update, Capitol Weekly podcast

October 17, 2019

Hi Folks,

I'm very excited about CVF's upcoming 25th anniversary party on October 29th in Sacramento and hope you can join us! Tickets are $50 and going fast so please reserve your spot today! More details as well as a legislative update and link to Capitol Weekly's recent podcast highlighting CVFs accomplishments are below.

- Kim Alexander, President & Founder
California Voter Foundation

Celebrate CVF's 25 year anniversary on October 29th!

CVF board members, staff, supporters, colleagues and friends will be joining together in Sacramento on Tuesday evening, Oct. 29th at Paesano's Portofino Room in midtown Sacramento to celebrate the organization's 25 year anniversary working to improve the voting process!

Please join us for delicious pizza, snacks and drinks, and to recognize the people who are the heroes behind the California Voter Foundation. The program will include an awards ceremony, photo slideshow and a video presentation highlighting CVF's projects and achievements over the years. Register online via Eventbrite.

Legislative Update: Gov. Newsom signed SB 523 & SB 72, vetoed AB 681

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed two of the bills CVF supported in the 2019 legislative session, SB 72 and SB 523, and vetoed one bill, AB 681, supported by CVF.

Senate Bill 72, by Senator Tom Umberg (D-Santa Ana) allows voters in every county to conditionally register and vote at polling places on Election Day starting in 2020. For more details, see CVF's letter of support.

Senate Bill 523, by Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) requires counties to notify voters who forget to sign their vote-by-mail ballot envelopes and help them submit a signature so their ballot can be counted. For more details, see CVF's letter of support.

These were two of seventeen election-related bills Gov. Newsom signed and highlighted in his October 8th news release. Unfortunately, Gov. Newsom vetoed AB 681. 

• Assembly Bill 681, by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) would have required counties to notify voters of their party registration and presidential voting options before the March 2020 Primary. For more details, see CVF's letter of support.

In his veto message, Gov. Newsom expressed concerns about the costs involved in implementing this requirement. 

Capitol Weekly podcast spotlights CVF's achievements

Check out Capitol Weekly's latest podcast, a conversation between CVF's Kim Alexander with John Howard and Tim Foster as the three look back over the organization's 25 years of working on democracy and technology issues, from online voter education to campaign disclosure to election security. Just in time for CVF's 25th anniversary celebration, catch up on CVF's accomplishments and hear about what's ahead for voters in California.