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Advocacy and Testimony

In 2013, the California Voter Foundation began engaging in legislative advocacy to support public policy changes that further advance CVF's mission to improve the voting process to better serve voters. Below is a list of bills upon which CVF has taken a position, including support for budgetary changes to restore election funding to the state budget. CVF's testimony from legislative oversight hearings is also provided below.

AB 84 - Support

SB 568 - Support

CVF supports two bills that would move California's Presidential Primary election to an earlier date. AB 84, authored by Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, would move California's Presidential Primary from the early June to early March, aligning it with "Super Tuesday". SB 588, authored by Senator Ricardo Lara, would move California's Presidential Primary to the third Tuesday in March, or an earlier date by action of the Governor.

AB 216 - Support

Election Mandates Funding - Support (2017)

Comments on Sacramento County's consideration of Vote Center Voting Model

AB 2010 - Support

Authored by Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, AB 2010 allows counties to accept electronic candidate statements from local candidates for public office and publish them online, as a more affordable method for candidates to reach voters, especially for local candidates who find the cost of placing printed statements in the sample ballot to be prohibitive. CVF helped draft and supported this bill as a way to facilitate more voter information about so-called "down ballot" candidates. Governor Brown signed AB 2010 into law in August 2016.

AB 477 - Support

Authored by Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, AB 477 gives counties the option of collecting voters' signatures missing from mail ballot envelopes on a separate piece of paper, and allows ballots missing signatures to be "cured" and counted up to eight days after the election. CVF helped draft and supported AB 477, which was a recommendation from CVF's 2014 vote-by-mail study. Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 477 into law in October 2015, taking effect for the 2016 election cycle.

SB 365 - Support

Authored by Senator Fran Pavley, SB 365 provides for the use of mail ballot dropoff locations in statute and directs the Secretary of State to develop regulations that establish best practices for their use. CVF helped draft and supported SB 365, which was a recommendation from CVF's 2014 vote-by-mail study. Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 365 into law in October 2015.

SB 450 - Amend

Authored by Senator Ben Allen, SB 450 seeks to enact a new voting process where counties have the option of sending every registered voter a vote-by-mail ballot and providing dropoff locations and county-wide vote centers where voters can return ballots and seek assistance over a ten-day period. Counties that move to this model would no longer be required to provide neighborhood polling places. This option would be available to all counties except Los Angeles, where the bill provides a variation of the model in which voters are not automatically sent a ballot, polling places are still eliminated, but the ratio of voting centers to voters would be lower than in other "opt-in" counties. CVF expressed concerns about this bill regarding California's high vote-by-mail ballot rejection rate and sought amendments, some of which, but not all, were made.

SB 450 Concerns letter

CVF joined The American Civil Liberties Union of California, Advancement Project, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - California, California Calls, and Disability Rights California in submitting a letter expressing concern that SB 450 did not require counties that opt in to the new voting model provide postage-paid vote-by-mail ballot return envelopes. This suggested amendment was not incorporated into thte final legislation.

Election Mandates Funding - Support (2016)

CVF letter supporting reinstatement of funding in the state budget bill to support state-mandated local elections programs.

Election Mandates Funding - Support (2015)

CVF letter supporting reinstatement of funding in the state budget bill to support state-mandated local elections programs.

Testimony:

Ten Things California Should Do to Modernize Elections and Increase Voter Turnout - testimony by CVF President Kim Alexander before the Senate Elections Committee, March 1, 2016.

Assembly Select Committee on Civic Engagement, Testimony by Kim Alexander, December 8, 2015

Joint Legislative Hearing on Voter Turnout, Testimony by Kim Alexander, Senate and Assembly Elections Committees, March 25, 2015

 

SB 27 - Support

Authored by Senator Lou Correa, SB 27 was sponsored by the Fair Political Practices Commission and tightens disclosure rules to prevent anonymous donations in ballot measure campaigns. CVF helped draft SB 27 and supported the provisions that require ballot measure committees to self-identify their top ten donors and the FPPC to publish on its web site a summary list of top donors for and against each ballot measure. Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 27 into law in May 2014 and it took effect for the November 2014 election. See this page on the FPPC's site for this data.

SB 844 - Support

Authored by Senator Fran Pavley, SB 844 directs the Secretary of State to compile and publish on its web site the total amounts raised for and against each statewide ballot measure. CVF helped draft and supported SB 844, which was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in September 2014. See this page on the Secretary of State's site for this data.

Election Mandates Funding - Support (2014)

CVF letter supporting reinstatement of funding in the state budget to support state-mandated local elections programs.

 

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