CVF-News is a free, electronic newsletter featuring news and updates about the California Voter Foundation's projects and activities.

By Kim Alexander, November 17, 2020

Hi Folks,

It's been two weeks since Election Day and the vote counting continues! This edition of CVF-News highlights several important developments:

  • California ballot counting status and turnout;
  • Ballot cures and rejections; and
  • Election security and transparency achievements.

Congratulations to all the election officials and staff who worked (and continue to work) long hours under extremely challenging conditions to pull off this historic election conducted during a global pandemic. Democracy only works because you do. Thanks also to the millions of voters who turned in their mail ballots early and helped inform their friends and neighbors how to vote safely this election!

- Kim Alexander, President & Founder
California Voter Foundation

By Kim Alexander, October 30, 2020

Hi Folks,

We are in the final stretch of the election! This edition of CVF-News features last-minute tips and resources to help California voters cast ballots with confidence. Follow CVF on Twitter at @calvotervdn and on Facebook for ongoing news and information.

- Kim Alexander, President & Founder

Last-Minute Tips for California Voters

Contact your county election office to find answers for most of your voting questions.

By Kim Alexander, October 16, 2020

Hi Folks,

This edition of CVF-News highlights resources on our web site to help voters cast ballots, election news coverage and upcoming public events where I will be speaking and answering voters' questions.

October 1, 2020

Today the California Voter Foundation (CVF) released “The Voting Way”, a nonpartisan song and music video aimed at helping voters successfully cast 2020 ballots during the Covid-19 pandemic. The new song is available at: or


CVF social media graphics, upcoming events, rejected ballots study in the news

September 25, 2020

Hi Folks,

This edition of CVF-News highlights new social media graphics we urge you to use and share, coverage of CVF's new report on vote-by-mail ballot rejection, and upcoming public events where I will be sharing our research findings, providing vote-by-mail tips and answering voters' questions. Soon we will also launch our new election song music video, so stay tuned!

- Kim Alexander, President & Founder, California Voter Foundation

New CVF Social Media Graphics Promote Voting, Help Voters

everybody voteCVF has been working with graphic artists to develop a new series of social media graphics designed to promote voting and help voters.

The "Everybody Vote" image series is available in a variety of sizes to be used on various social media platforms. Other CVF social media images help voters access tools and resources online and promote responsible social media message sharing.

The image gallery is available to download from CVF's web site and is featured in CVF's Nov. 2020 California Online Voter Guide.


Young and newly registered voters had significantly higher rejection rates in three-county study

September 14, 2020

Sacramento, CA -- A new report finds on average 1.7 percent of vote-by-mail ballots cast in California have been rejected over the past decade. In three counties studied, young and newly registered voters were more likely than older voters to have their ballots rejected. 

“Improving California’s Vote-by-Mail Process by Reducing Ballot Rejection: A Three-County Study,” published by the California Voter Foundation, examines the demographics and voting methods of Sacramento, San Mateo and Santa Clara County voters whose November 2018 General Election vote-by-mail (VBM) ballots were rejected, online at:

By Kim Alexander, July 27, 2020

Over the past several months the California Voter Foundation has been conducting a study examining rejected vote-by-mail ballots in the November 2018 election in three California counties (Sacramento, San Mateo and Santa Clara) to learn more about the problem of ballot rejection and suggest ways to address it. This research is being conducted in collaboration with Dr. Mindy Romero, founder and director of USC's Center for Inclusive Democracy (formerly the California Civic Engagement Project).

July 10, 2020

The California Voter Foundation is pleased to announce a gift of $25,000 received from Craig Newmark Philanthropies to support nonpartisan voter education and outreach activities to help Californians participate in the 2020 Presidential Election.

This generous donation comes at an important time when the coronavirus pandemic is creating difficult challenges for voters and election officials alike. CVF is committed to helping voters successfully cast vote-by-mail ballots and utilize in-person voting options to maximize voter turnout and ensure Californians can safely and securely cast ballots. 

“CVF is deeply grateful for the generous support provided by Craig Newmark through his charitable giving and honored to be included among the numerous worthy causes supported by Craig Newmark Philanthropies working to advance fairness, opportunity and respect,” said CVF President & Founder Kim Alexander. 

By Kim Alexander, June 12, 2020

Hi Folks,

This edition of CVF-News provides an update on California's planning for November's 2020 Presidential election.

The basic plan that has developed is to mail everyone a ballot and give counties the option of consolidating polling places if they also provide three additional days of early voting and drop boxes. The first half of the plan - mailing everyone a ballot - was expressed in Gov. Gavin Newsom's May 8th Executive Order and would be codified by AB 860 if it is enacted into law.

June 3, 2020

Hi Folks,

It's been an intense time throughout our state and in Sacramento especially. In the midst of everything that's happening, California's elections community continues working to carefully plan for November's Presidential Election. The challenges are enormous. 

Today's CalMatters features a commentary I co-authored with Kammi Foote, Inyo County's Registrar of Voters urging California's leaders to act quickly to help counties and voters plan for the Fall