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

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


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).