Some Call for a Less Partisan Election Chief in California

By KQED News Staff,
October 9, 2020

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Some Call for a Less Partisan Election Chief in California

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla is charged with overseeing the state's elections. But he's also a Democrat, who has to face his own election every four years. Some election experts think the job needs a fundamental overhaul.
Reporter: Scott Shafer, KQED

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Reporter: Vanessa Rancaño, KQED (Full Audio)