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

April 5, 2019

Hi Folks,

It's been a busy time and this isuse of CVF-News will bring you up to speed on some of the things we've been involved and upcoming events and activities with the Legislature, Secretary of State, and Future of Califonria Elections. We are also preparing for Big Day of Giving 2019 and hope we will be able to count on your support on May 2 to help CVF continue our work improving the voting process to better serve voters.

-- Kim Alexander, President & Founder, California Voter Foundation

Counties must upgrade equipment in time for March 2020 Primary

February 28, 2019

On February 27, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced his plan to decertify California's legacy voting systems to ensure counties use more secure equipment in time for the March 2020 California Presidential Primary.

His office issued a news release explaining why:

December 17, 2018

Hi Folks,

2018 was a busy year for the California Voter Foundation, filled with major achievements. 

We need your help to continue our work improving the voting process to better serve voters. Please take a look at our 2018 accomplishments and consider making a year-end donation to CVF.

- Kim Alexander, President & Founder, and the California Voter Foundation Board of Directors:
Geoffrey Wandesforde-Smith, Joseph Loranzo Hall, Jack Lerner, Stephen Levine, David Jefferson,
Susan King Roth, Mindy Romero and Cathy Darling Allen

November 27, 2018

Hi Folks,

We know there are many worthwhile causes deserving of your support, and hope you will include the California Voter Foundation on your Giving Tuesday gift list. We operate on a small annual budget and every dollar helps us help the voters. I hope we can count on your much-needed support!

- Kim Alexander, President & Founder, California Voter Foundation

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Why should you support CVF?Support the Work

We know voting is important, and as Californians with a tradition of direct democracy we have especially important choices to make when we vote.

CVF has fought to protect and improve the voting process, by:

November 15, 2018

Hi Folks,

While the election took place nine days ago, it is far from over. Millions of California ballots still remain to be counted. Voters and election officials alike are working to correct problems with vote-by-mail envelopes that are missing voters' signatures or the signatures are mismatched. Several California contests are still too close to call. Read below for more details on the status of the vote count and what Californians can and should be doing right now to ensure their vote-by-mail ballots get counted.

It's important to note that this work is going on at a time when firefighters are battling several major wildfires across the state that have upended many lives and created some of the worst air quality ever seen in the state. 

Wishing health and safety for all, 

- Kim Alexander, President & Founder, California Voter Foundation

October 31, 2018

Yesterday the California Voter Foundation debuted our new "Proposition Song" music video covering the 11 propositions on California's ballot.prop song recording session

On one of the propositions, Prop. 11, we had the "yes" and "no" vote meanings backwards - once this was brought to our attention we re-recorded the audio and corrected the text in the video and in the song lyrics to make sure our information is accurate.

Because it is not possible to edit a video once it is published on YouTube or Facebook, we had to take down the videos we posted yesterday and publish new ones at new urls. The links for the video on CVF's site have all been updated, but the prior links to the video shared on YouTube and Facebook no longer play the Proposition Song. 

October 30, 2018

Today a new “Proposition Song” music video was released by the California Voter Foundation (CVF), designed to give voters an informative, impartial and entertaining overview of all 11 measures on California’s ballot in just five minutes. 

The song and video can be accessed at or on YouTube at It was recorded live on October 25 at Two Rivers Cider in Sacramento. 

“Every election needs a song,” said Kim Alexander, CVF’s president and founder, who wrote, performed and produced the new Proposition Song, set to a traditional blues melody, with the help of numerous friends. This is the 7th Proposition Song produced by the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, which is dedicated to improving the voting process to better serve voters.

Visit to find reliable election information online

October 16, 2018

Hi Folks,

We are very pleased to debut our newly redesigned web site!

Please visit and have a look - we are excited to debut our new logo as part of the site redesign as well.

CVF has been serving voters online continuously at since 1996. As you might imagine, organizing 22 years' worth of content, projects, studies and newsletters took quite a bit of work. We managed to do this by creating new menus to navigate our content by topic and also by creating and linking to archived content in a new "CVF Archive" web site. 

The new site also featured CVF's newly adopted Program Goals, focused on treating voters equally, promoting funding for elections and advancing voting security. 

August 8, 2018

Do you or someone you know have what it takes to lead a county's election program? Sacramento County is seeking to hire a new Registrar of Voters. The county has been advertising this position for several months and produced a detailed promotional brochure to help potential candidates become familiar with the position, requirements, salary and benefits.

Visit for more details.

This is an exciting time for Sacramento County as it is one of five counties piloting the Voters Choice Act this election year, a new voting model for California. The county is accepting applications until August 31. 2018.

May 31, 2018

Finding Voting Information Online

Voters need access to trustworthy information to make informed decisions. Luckily, California voters can turn to a wealth of voting information online. CVF's nonpartisan voter guide helps voters quickly locate the best resources for following the money and learning about the candidates and measures on the ballot.

Visit CVF's Online Voter Guide 

Voting Alert: Your local polling place may no longer exist

Five California counties - Napa, Nevada, Madera, San Mateo and Sacramento - are experimenting this election with a new voting model.