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

December 27, 2019

Dear Friends,

2019 is drawing to a close, and the 2020 election is rapidly approaching! The California Voter Foundation is already gearing up, helping voters prepare to vote with confidence. And we are helping to shape California's implementation of risk-limiting audits while working with local election officials to reduce vote-by-mail ballot rejection rates. See below for updates on our recent activities.

If you have not done so already, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support our programs and help CVF keep working for the voters. To those who have already contributed, a big thank you for your support and an incredible 25 years of CVF!

December 3, 2019

Now more than ever, voters need an election process they can trust.

For 25 years, The California Voter Foundation has worked to help voters make informed choices and vote with confidence. 

From innovating the Internet as a tool for nonpartisan voter education, to shedding “digital sunlight” through electronic filing and online disclosure of campaign donations, to securing the vote by requiring paper ballots and post-election audits, CVF operates at the place where democracy and technology intersect, improving the voting process to better serve voters. 

Please visit CVF's Donate Page to learn how you can give to CVF and support our work!

October 17, 2019

Hi Folks,

I'm very excited about CVF's upcoming 25th anniversary party on October 29th in Sacramento and hope you can join us! Tickets are $50 and going fast so please reserve your spot today! More details as well as a legislative update and link to Capitol Weekly's recent podcast highlighting CVFs accomplishments are below.

- Kim Alexander, President & Founder
California Voter Foundation

Celebrate CVF's 25 year anniversary on October 29th!

CVF board members, staff, supporters, colleagues and friends will be joining together in Sacramento on Tuesday evening, Oct. 29th at Paesano's Portofino Room in midtown Sacramento to celebrate the organization's 25 year anniversary working to improve the voting process!

Please join us for delicious pizza, snacks and drinks, and to recognize the people who are the heroes behind the California Voter Foundation. The program will include an awards ceremony, photo slideshow and a video presentation highlighting CVF's projects and achievements over the years. Register online via Eventbrite.

September 26, 2019

In the final days of this year's legislative session, the California Legislature passed three important bills supported by the California Voter Foundation and many other voter advocacy groups.

If signed into law, SB 72, SB 523 and AB 681 will enact important reforms that will improve the voting process and experience for potentially hundreds of thousands of California voters. CVF is urging Gov. Newsom to sign these bills into law to ensure all Californians can exercise their voting rights in 2020 and beyond:

SB 72, SB 523 and AB 681 will improve process for voters in 2020

August 28, 2019

The California Legislature is winding down the first year of its 2019-20 session and the California Voter Foundation is supporting three important bills that, if enacted, will improve California's voting process in advance of the 2020 Presidential election:

  • Senate Bill 72, by Senator Tom Umberg (D-Santa Ana) will allow voters to register to vote at all polling places on Election Day starting in 2020.

Under current law, Californians may register on Election Day only at county election or satellite offices, or, if their county has implemented the Voter's Choice Act (VCA) voting model, at vote centers.

SB 72 will ensure voters have equal access to Election Day registration regardless of whether their county has implemented the VCA. Voters who register on Election Day do so "conditionally" and their eligibility is verified before their ballots are counted. If enacted, California will join nine other states and DC in providing Election Day registration at polling places. This bill is currently in Assembly Appropriations. CVF's support letter is online.

May 3, 2019

Thanks to all who donated to the California Voter Foundation for Big Day of Giving 2019!

Yesterday we met our fundraising goal and CVF raised a total of $12,414. Those funds will help support our efforts to prepare voters for the March 2020 Presidential Primary election and continue our ongoing efforts to secure the vote.

We received a number of contributions, not just through the BDOG2019 site but also through Facebook, PayPal and checks.

Of course, we are happy to accept donations year-round, through CVF’s "Donate" page linking to our PayPal site, or by check payable to "California Voter Foundation" and sent to:

California Voter Foundation
PO Box 189277
Sacramento, CA  95818

May 1, 2019

Hi Folks,

big day of giving 2019Big Day of Giving is almost here! As we did last year, CVF is joining with hundreds of other nonprofits in the Sacramento area to raise money together on May 2.

Sponsored by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, BDOG2019 provides a user-friendly platform for nonprofit donors to learn about organizations and make a secure, online donation.

Please check out our profile at and schedule your donation today! 

Last year CVF raised $10,000. For 2019, we are aiming to reach $12,000. To encourage those donations, the CVF Board of Directors has created a $6,000 matching fund.

April 25, 2019

CVF Board & Future of California Elections honor CVF President's 25 years of service to voters

CVF Honors Kim AlexanderAt this year's Future of California Elections conference, which took place in Sacramento on April 11, CVF President Kim Alexander was presented with plaques from both the CVF board and Future of California Elections recognizing CVF's 25 year anniversary and her many years of service to California voters.

Several CVF board members were on hand to present the award and video the presentation, which shows Alexander being caught completely by surprise by the recognition.

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: