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Bill will provide postage-paid vote-by-mail ballot return envelopes to all California voters

July 12, 2018

Sacramento -- The California Voter Foundation urged Governor Jerry Brown to sign Assembly Bill 216 to provide postage-paid vote-by-mail ballot return envelopes to all California voters. On July 18, Governor Brown signed AB 216 into law. Below is an excerpt of the support letter CVF sent to Governor Brown, providing five reasons why the bill should be signed. 

Excerpt:

Here are five reasons why California should enact AB 216:

1) Removes a major voting obstacle.

2018-19 state budget proposal includes major funding to improve California election security

January 10, 2018

Sacramento, CA -- In a major departure from his previous budgets, California Governor Jerry Brown's new state budget includes $134.3 million to fund new voting equipment. 

"This is a welcome development and will help build California voters' confidence in the integrity and security of our voting systems," said Kim Alexander, president of the California Voter Foundation, which has consistently supported increased state funding to help pay for California's election costs since 2013. 

Bill would weaken California's election verification law if enacted

October 10, 2017

In the final weeks of this year's legislative session, last-minute amendments were made to Assembly Bill 840, authored by Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) which would weaken California's post-election verification law.

Public meetings scheduled for Aug. 16 & 17

August 15, 2017

This past June, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors voted to implement the Voter's Choice Act, giving Sacramento County Registrar of Voters Jill LaVine and her staff the green light to move forward on a new plan for voting county-wide.

The Voters Choice Act, or VCA, was enacted in 2016 as Senate Bill 450. This new law allows counties to replace neighborhood polling places with a new voting process where every registered voter is sent a vote-by-mail ballot and provided with county-wide drop boxes and vote centers prior to and on Election Day. 

California election bills to watch 

April 20, 2017

The 2017-18 California legislative session is well underway, and the California Voter Foundation is supporting several bills this year:

  • AB 216: Authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego), this bill would require counties to provide postage-paid envelopes to vote-by-mail voters. The bill passed out of the Assembly Elections Committee last month, and CVF president Kim Alexander testified in support. 

As stated in CVF's support letter, this bill is needed to reduce voter confusion about postage costs and to ensure younger voters less familiar with the postal service are not disadvantaged when voting by mail, especially given the likely increase in mail balloting with the implementation of the Voter's Choice Act beginning in several counties next year.

  • SB 568 and AB 84: SB 568 is authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and is sponsored by Secretary of State Alex Padilla. The bill, which if enacted would move California's presidential primary to the third Tuesday in March, passed out of the Senate Elections Committee this week on a bipartisan, unanimous vote. To avoid the risk of other states leapfrogging their primaries ahead of California's, the bill also includes a provision that would allow the governor to set the primary date before the third Tuesday in March at least 240 days prior to that date. 

Nonprofit helps voters prepare for November 8th election

November 1, 2016

Sacramento, CA -- Today the California Voter Foundation (CVF) issued "Five Tips for California Voters," providing essential information voters need to help them prepare to vote in the November 8th election.

"With so many propositions on the ballot and airwaves filled with political ads, voters need help more than ever to get ready and vote this election," said Kim Alexander, CVF president and founder. "Our tips will help Californians vote with confidence."

October 17, 2016

Today a new “Proposition Song” music video was released by the California Voter Foundation (CVF), designed to give Californians a quick, informative, impartial and entertaining overview of all 17 measures on the November 8th ballot. The song and video can be accessed at http://www.calvoter.org or on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yizO7L2J7LU .

Visit CVF's Archived News Releases page to access the organization's news releases issued since 1994. 

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