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

May 6, 2021

bdog squareAt the California Voter Foundation we love working to make democracy better. We work for election security, voter education and increasing funding for election administration because we know voting is the most important thing we can do to keep our country and communities safe and free.

We need your help and support to continue our work!

May 6th is the Sacramento region’s Big Day of Giving and CVF is asking our friends to step up and donate and support our work on behalf of voters.

As a small non-profit making a big impact, your contribution goes a long way! To inspire your giving, CVF board members will match the first $3,000 in donations.

May 3, 2021

Hi Folks,

For a non-election year there certainly is a lot happening.

For starters, we’re going to have a statewide election later this year to ask California voters whether Governor Gavin Newsom should remain in office or not. Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber announced last week that proponents collected enough valid signatures to trigger a recall and signature withdrawal period. 

By March 19, 2021

Hi Folks,

It has been a quite a year so far. Insurrectionists attempted to stop the certification of the 2020 presidential election results. This unprecedented attack on the U.S. election process was not successful, and Joe Biden was inaugurated as the new President while California's former U.S. Senator Kamala Harris was sworn in as the new Vice President.

Gov. Gavin Newsom filled this vacancy by appointing California's former Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, to serve as California's U.S. Senator and Dr. Shirley Weber to serve as California's new Secretary of State. Secretary Weber, who previously served in the State Legislature representing San Diego, was sworn in on Jan. 29th and is California's first Black Secretary of State. 

December 23, 2020

Sacramento, CA -- Yesterday California Governor Gavin Newsom announced his choiceto replace Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to represent Californians in the U.S. Senate is Alex Padilla, California’s current Secretary of State.

Gov. Newsom’s pick for California’s next Secretary of State is Dr. Shirley Weber, a California Assemblymember representing the San Diego area.

“The California Voter Foundation applauds these choices," said Kim Alexander, CVF's president and founder. "We hope Secretary Padilla brings his passion for making elections more inclusive and secure to the U.S. Senate and continues advocating for federal funding to support local election administration and stronger U.S. election security standards.”

By Kim Alexander, December 18, 2020

Hi Folks,

The 2020 election wrapped up with an astounding 80.7 percent turnout of California's registered voters!

Last Friday, Secretary of State Alex Padilla certified the results: nearly 17.8 million Californians cast ballots in the 2020 Presidential Election, representing 71 percent of the state's eligible voters. As noted in John Myers' LA Times story, this was the highest turnout California has seen since 1952. 

December 1, 2020

season of giving

Dear Friends,

In this season of giving, please donate to the California Voter Foundation!

Support from people like you is why in 2020, CVF:

  • Worked to reduce mail ballot rejections through research, advocacy, regulations and public education;
  • Conducted dozens of interviews and produced a music video to inform voters and help them prepare to vote safely during a pandemic; and
  • Served over one million visitors and 4 million pages from our web site,

Long before the 2020 election, CVF helped lay the groundwork for secure, transparent elections by working to outlaw paperless electronic voting in California and ensuring meaningful, post-election audits are conducted. 

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