CVF in the News

Millions of postcards target independent voters across state

By Mike Luery, KCRA TV News, December 17, 2019

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A record number of Californians are now registered to vote -- more than 20.3 million. 

Of those voters, about 5 million are now getting postcards in the mail with an important message about the presidential primary that’s scheduled for March.

Those voters will either have to request a different ballot or re-register to vote.

Here's what you need to know:

1) It’s the holidays! Why should I pay attention to a postcard about voting? 

By Mike Luery, KCRA TV News, November 3, 2019


The race to the White House is getting more intense, with the presidential election now officially one year away.

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows former Vice President Joe Biden leading President Trump 50 to 41 percent among registered voters. Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts leads the president by 8 points -- 50 to 42 percent.

The poll was conducted Oct. 27 to Oct. 30, with 900 adults reached, half of them by cellphone. It presents a snapshot of voter sentiment now, but a lot can change over the next 12 months.

For President Trump, the impeachment controversy is heating up. Forty-nine percent of those polled stated they believe the president should be impeached and removed from office, while 46 percent say no.

A Capitol Weekly Podcast

By Tim Foster and John Howard, Capitol Weekly, October 9, 2019

California Voter Foundation President Kim Alexander is celebrating 25 years since the organization was ‘relaunched’ in 1994 – she sat down with John Howard and Tim Foster of the CW podcast to talk about the history of CVF and what her top concerns are a quarter century after the kickoff. (listen here



'It’s trying to vote-shame people into voting, and that’s just not the way to go'

By Mike Leury, KCRA-News, May 29, 2019



There is outrage this week from California voters and voter advocates after a controversial mailer showed up just days before a special election.

The mailers come from a group called the Northern California State Voter Project, but there’s no website and no phone number for the promoters, whose only known address is a post office box. 

The mailer threatens to reveal people's voting history to friends, family and neighbors.

“I was really upset," said Susan Strand, a voter in El Dorado County. “I felt violated."

Strand showed KCRA 3 the letter she received from Northern California State Voter Project.

New voting systems in place for many California counties

By Mike Leury, KCRA-TV News, April 25, 2019



California’s presidential primary is just 11 months away and work is already in progress to make sure the state is ready to count every vote.

The California election map is changing thanks to the Voter’s Choice Act, and there are now 11 counties that have replaced neighborhood polling places with voting centers. Voters in Los Angeles County will not automatically be sent a vote by mail ballot, but they will have to request one.

In three rural counties – Sierra, Plumas and Alpine – residents can only vote by mail. 

30 people who embody Sacramento News & Review's mission

By Foon Rhee, Sacramento News and Review, April 11, 2019


Skeptics might call them do-gooders. But in today’s world—when we could surely use as much good as possible—what’s wrong with that?

To highlight the 30th anniversary of SN&R, we want to recognize 30 people who embody our mission: To have a positive impact on our communities and make them better places to live.

On purpose, the vast majority on this list are not high-profile politicians, the rich and powerful or other bold names. Many come from the nonprofit world, not well-known to the general public but working every day to help the less fortunate and to make public policy smarter and more humane. Some have been in the trenches for many years, while others are just emerging as leaders.

Like any list like this, it’s rather subjective. There are many others in the Sacramento region who are doing yeoman’s work and also deserving of praise.


Kim Alexander

President of the nonpartisan California Voter Foundation, she’s a strong advocate for more informed voters having a bigger say, and for voters across the state having equal access to participate. Her group is particularly focused on making sure that technology helps—not harms—our democracy.

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By Stephanie Rivera, Long Beach Post, March 28, 2019


Two special elections were held in California on Tuesday, both for state Senate seats, and the enthusiasm among voters couldn’t have been more different.

In the Northern California’s 1st District, 26 percent of voters showed up to cast ballots. In the 33rd, which includes Long Beach and parts of southeast Los Angeles County, less than 7 percent showed up.

To put that in perspective, the third-place finisher in the 1st District race received more raw votes than the first-place finisher—Long Beach Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez—in the 33rd.

“I’d be hard-pressed to come up with two districts that are more different from one another,” said Rob Pyers, research director for the California Target Book, which provides comprehensive data to political professionals.

By John Wildermuth, San Francisco Chronicle, March 14, 2019


A national effort to bypass the Electoral College and pick the president by popular vote — which may or may not be constitutional — is picking up new support and moving closer to success.

Governors in Colorado, New Mexico and Delaware are poised to sign the National Popular Vote compact, under which states would pledge to give all their electoral votes to the candidate who collects the most votes nationwide. California, 10 other states and the District of Columbia already have joined the compact, which would take effect if states holding 270 electoral votes, the number needed to elect a president, sign on.

By Melanie Mason, Los Angeles Times, March 3, 2019


California loves to talk about itself in superlatives: The nation’s most populous state. The fifth-largest economy in the world. Producer of tech titans and Hollywood blockbusters and a whole lot of fruits and veggies.

But even as it basks in its outsize economic and cultural influence, something has been gnawing at the state’s psyche. When it comes to presidential politics, we’re more backbencher than behemoth.

The moving of California’s 2020 presidential primary to March 3 — nipping at the heels of the four traditional early nominating states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina — is the latest bid to play with the calendar in hopes of gaining more electoral relevance. This will be the fifth time since 1992 the state has moved its presidential primary. It's bounced around: June, March, February and back again.

By Alexandra Hall, KQED's California Report, December 10, 2018


In two fiercely contested Central Valley congressional races in November, where long-serving Republican incumbents Jeff Denham and David Valadao both ended up losing their seats by thin margins to their Democratic challengers, some voters were confused and misinformed at the polls.

Modesto attorney Lisa Battista, who coordinated a group of volunteer election observers, said polling places in Stanislaus County ran out of pink envelopes used to separate provisional ballots on election night.

And then confusion set in.

“The poll workers didn’t know what to do,” Battista said. “They turned a lot of people away and told them: 'I'm sorry you can't vote here. You have to go find another polling place.'”

In response, Battista said she made an emergency request to keep polls open past 8 pm, but a judge turned it down.