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Kim Alexander

President and Founder

Kim Alexander is president and founder of the California Voter Foundation (CVF), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization she refounded in 1994 to advance the repsonsible use of technology in the democratic process and improve the voting process to better serve the needs and interests of voters. Current priorities include: expanding public access to online tools to help voters learn where their polling place is, what's on the ballot and whether they are registered at their current address; improving California's vote-by-mail process; ensuring California's health benefit exchange offer voter registration services as required by federal and state laws, and enhancing public access to information about proposition donors.

Through her work with CVF, Alexander has engaged in a variety of issues where democracy and technology intersect, working to ensure that democracy is enhanced, rather than harmed through technological changes. 

KimUnder Alexander’s leadership, CVF has pioneered and promoted good technology and democracy practices and programs that benefit California voters while also serving as examples for other states.  The effectiveness of this strategy has been repeatedly demonstrated throughout the years Alexander has led CVF, with other states following California’s lead in online voter education, Internet disclosure of money in politics and voting technology reform. 

In the mid-1990’s, CVF successfully advanced electronic filing and Internet disclosure of campaign finance data in California and nationwide as well, through its Grading State Disclosure report.  Since 1994, CVF has been publishing the California Online Voter Guide, a nonpartisan election information resource designed to help California voters make informed, confident choices in statewide elections. 

In 1999 CVF’s web site,, earned the prestigious Webby Award, and in 2001 Alexander was named by Harvard University and the American Association of Political Consultants as one of the “25 People Changing the World of the Internet and Politics”.  In 2004 she received the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award for her pioneering work spearheading and nurturing the popular movement for integrity and transparency in modern elections. 

Alexander is the author of several articles and publications, including CVF’s California Voter Participation Survey report, a comprehensive analysis of California voter participation barriers and incentives, and Voter Privacy in the Digital Age, a nationwide, 50-state assessment of voter registration data gathering and dissemination practices. She was a lead researcher and author of Being Online is Still Not Enough, a nationwide assessment of state election web sites published by the Pew Center on the States in 2011, and in 2012 incorporated into Pew's Election Performance Index. In 2012, she produced a new edition of "The Proposition Song", a nonpartisan sing-along folk song and music video to help voters prepare to vote on California ballot propositions. A member of the Future of California Elections since October 2011, Alexander and CVF work collaboratively with other nonprofits and election officials to promote improvements that make improve participation and efficiency in California elections.

Kim Alexander is a 1988 graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, with degrees in political science and philosophy.  She is a fifth-generation Californian, was raised in Culver City, and resides in Sacramento with her husband. 

Contact Information:

Contact Kim Alexander at (916) 441-2494, via email at kimalex at calvoter dot org, via CVF's email form, or on Twitter at kimalex3.

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