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

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

By Kim Alexander, May 12, 2020

Hi Folks,

Last Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order requiring counties to mail all registered voters a vote-by-mail ballot for the November 3 Presidential Election. This CVF-News covers this important development and Future of California Elections' Virtual Conference happening on May 14th, which will include a panel on vote-by-mail that I'll be moderating. I hope you can sign up and participate!

And a big thank you to everyone who donated to CVF for last week's Giving Tuesday and Big Day of Giving! CVF had a very successful fundraising week and the Sacramento region raised $12 million for 600 nonprofits, exceeding the prior record by more than $3 million. These past few months have been challenging but also inspiring to see how supportive people are of the nonprofit sector in times of need. 

May 5, 2020

If there’s one thing we have learned during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s the critical role government plays in times of crisis.

And who does the government answer to? Voters.

Now more than ever we must ensure voters can securely vote with confidence.

At the California Voter Foundation, we have been working for over 25 years to improve the voting process.

Now we are asking you to support CVF with your donation.

Our work to improve vote-by-mail balloting and ensure voting systems are secure is timely and crucial, given the likely increase in mail ballot use due to the pandemic as well as ongoing threats of interference in our voting process.