CVF in the News

By John Myers, Los Angeles Times, April 5, 2018


The card millions of Californians use to register to vote is receiving its first makeover in more than a decade, inspired in part by confusion over how to become an "independent" unaffiliated voter — a problem highlighted by a Los Angeles Times investigation in 2016.

"It's an issue that's been lingering for years," said Secretary of State Alex Padilla. "But that was the first time it was really in the spotlight."

The Times found a substantial number of Californians who registered with the American Independent Party wrongly believed they weren't part of any political party — an error that later kept some from casting ballots in the state's 2016 presidential primary.

"A combination of issues prompted us to see if there was a better way," Padilla said.

California's paper ballots protect voters from hacking

By Mike Luery, KCRA TV Sacramento, March 1, 2018


Improving voter confidence in the elections process is part of Kim Alexander's mission at the nonprofit California Voter Foundation.

"When they say the Russians are going to come back, I don't think they're kidding about that," Alexander said.

Despite the threat of hacking in the 2018 election, Alexander said California is much better protected than other states because of paper ballots.

"The combination of a paper-based voting system and routine auditing of election results means that if something happened to our vote count and someone tried to intervene with the election, we would likely detect it," Alexander said. "And we would be able to recover from it."

By Scott Shafer, KQED News, for the California Report, January 29, 2018


The spate of sexual harassment allegations has led two state lawmakers to resign. Local election officials are feeling the burden of special elections to fill those vacancies. (audio)

By Kammi Foote, Kim Alexander and Barbara Simons, Sacramento Bee, October 2, 2017

Re: “Here’s how Jerry Brown can help protect vulnerable people, voting integrity and local control” (Editorials, Sept. 28) and “Brown should help ensure election integrity by signing this bill” (Another View, Sept. 30): With recent news of Russian scanning of state technology websites, this is not the time to reduce California’s manual 1 percent audit practice, which is designed to detect errors or manipulations in vote-counting software.

Assembly Bill 840 would invalidate a recent San Diego County court ruling (Lutz v. Vu) that all vote-by-mail ballots must be subject to inclusion in the 1 percent post-election manual tally, a ruling which confirms current practice of many California counties, including Inyo, Santa Clara and San Francisco. 

Editorial Board, Sacramento Bee, September 28, 2017


California elections officials are proud of the integrity of this state’s elections. Brown ought to help them keep their record of accurate vote counts by vetoing Assembly Bill 840 by Assemblyman Bill Quirk, an East Bay Democrat. The bill zipped through at the end of the legislative session without a no-vote. Legislators must not have been paying attention. 

But Inyo County Clerk Kammi Foote and the nonpartisan California Voter Foundation note that the legislation would dramatically reduce the number of ballots counties must include in their public counts to show the accuracy of software vote counts. 

By John Myers, Los Angeles Times, August 14, 2017


Perhaps the biggest takeaway from President Trump’s unproven allegations about the security of elections is that he’s managed to blur the difference between voting records and the act of voting.

Or put another way, it’s a distraction from resolving the challenges in keeping voter registration data accurate and up to date.

By Chris Nichols, Capitol Public Radio, July 20, 2017


President Trump said on Wednesday that states such as California that won’t agree to share data with his commission on voter fraud must be worried about what the results will show.

“If any state does not want to share this information, one has to wonder what they’re worried about,” Trump said before the first meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity in Washington D.C. “There’s something, there always is.”

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla is one of dozens of elections officials across the country who have expressed privacy and security concerns about the request.

Padilla told reporters Wednesday in a conference call that he’ll continue to withhold sensitive voter information, such as Social Security numbers, requested by the panel.

By various authors and news organizations, January 31, 2014 to December 27, 2017

Excerpts and links to stories featuring the California Voter Foundation and published between 2014 - 2017 can be accessed on the CVF in the News Archives page.

By various authors and news organizations February 9, 2003 to December 26, 2013

Excerpts and links to stories featuring the California Voter Foundation and published between 2003 - 2013 can be accessed on the CVF in the News Archives page.

By various authors and news organizations, February 4, 1996 to November 20, 2002

Excerpts and links to stories featuring the California Voter Foundation and published between 1996 - 2002 can be accessed on the CVF in the News Archives page.