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CVF-News is a free, electronic newsletter featuring news and updates about the California Voter Foundation's projects and activities.


By Kim Alexander, July 27, 2021

The California Voter Foundation (CVF) announced today it is beginning a new project to develop a nonpartisan, nationwide collaborative initiative of election community leaders to work together to support and defend U.S. election officials and election administration. The project is supported by a $157,000 grant awarded to CVF from Craig Newmark Philanthropies.

“Election officials are the frontline workers of democracy, and they are under attack across the country,” said CVF president and founder Kim Alexander. “We are grateful to Craig Newmark Philanthropies for support at this critical time in U.S. elections.”

June 24, 2021

Hi Folks,

This edition of CVF-News highlights our new report addressing harassment of election officials and several other related reports and developments that have emerged in the two weeks since our report came out. We deeply appreciate the commitment displayed to shedding light on the threats received by election officials. And we are especially thankful to Craig Newmark Philanthropies whose support made CVF's report possible. 

Working on this project has been one of the most challenging and heartbreaking experiences of my career. It has been traumatizing to learn of the pain and suffering so many election officials are enduring in the wake of the 2020 election; I cannot imagine how difficult this is for those who are directly experiencing it. 

Funding, education and legal safeguards are needed to protect democracy’s frontline workers

June 8, 2021

CVF harassment reportSacramento, CA -- A new California Voter Foundation report sheds light on the threats and attacks U.S. election officials have endured in the wake of the 2020 election.

“Documenting and Addressing Harassment of Election Officials” features findings gathered through interviews with eleven election officials from six states along with eight of the nation’s leading election experts.

The report finds that ten of the eleven officials interviewed endured death threats, other threats or abusive language. The report is available online at www.calvoter.org/harassment.

June 3, 2021

Register now for the California Voter Foundation's webinar, "Documenting and Addressing Harassment of Election Officials" on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 11 am- Noon Pacific time on Zoom.

Register online at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Cuc0HhSCQ2qdSBYPm0Habw

This free webinar will feature a presentation by Grace Gordon, UC Berkeley Master of Development Practice graduate and author of a new California Voter Foundation report to be released on June 8th, titled, "Documenting and Addressing Harassment of Election Officials".

May 26, 2021

harass_reportRegister now for the California Voter Foundation's webinar, "Documenting and Addressing Harassment of Election Officials" on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 11 am- Noon Pacific time on Zoom.

This free webinar will feature a presentation by Grace Gordon, UC Berkeley Master of Development Practice graduate and author of a new California Voter Foundation report to be released on June 8th, titled, "Documenting and Addressing Harassment of Election Officials Resulting from the 2020 Election".

May 6, 2021

bdog squareAt the California Voter Foundation we love working to make democracy better. We work for election security, voter education and increasing funding for election administration because we know voting is the most important thing we can do to keep our country and communities safe and free.

We need your help and support to continue our work!

May 6th is the Sacramento region’s Big Day of Giving and CVF is asking our friends to step up and donate and support our work on behalf of voters.

As a small non-profit making a big impact, your contribution goes a long way! To inspire your giving, CVF board members will match the first $3,000 in donations.

May 3, 2021

Hi Folks,

For a non-election year there certainly is a lot happening.

For starters, we’re going to have a statewide election later this year to ask California voters whether Governor Gavin Newsom should remain in office or not. Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber announced last week that proponents collected enough valid signatures to trigger a recall and signature withdrawal period. 

By March 19, 2021

Hi Folks,

It has been a quite a year so far. Insurrectionists attempted to stop the certification of the 2020 presidential election results. This unprecedented attack on the U.S. election process was not successful, and Joe Biden was inaugurated as the new President while California's former U.S. Senator Kamala Harris was sworn in as the new Vice President.

Gov. Gavin Newsom filled this vacancy by appointing California's former Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, to serve as California's U.S. Senator and Dr. Shirley Weber to serve as California's new Secretary of State. Secretary Weber, who previously served in the State Legislature representing San Diego, was sworn in on Jan. 29th and is California's first Black Secretary of State. 

December 23, 2020

Sacramento, CA -- Yesterday California Governor Gavin Newsom announced his choiceto replace Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to represent Californians in the U.S. Senate is Alex Padilla, California’s current Secretary of State.

Gov. Newsom’s pick for California’s next Secretary of State is Dr. Shirley Weber, a California Assemblymember representing the San Diego area.

“The California Voter Foundation applauds these choices," said Kim Alexander, CVF's president and founder. "We hope Secretary Padilla brings his passion for making elections more inclusive and secure to the U.S. Senate and continues advocating for federal funding to support local election administration and stronger U.S. election security standards.”

By Kim Alexander, December 18, 2020

Hi Folks,

The 2020 election wrapped up with an astounding 80.7 percent turnout of California's registered voters!

Last Friday, Secretary of State Alex Padilla certified the results: nearly 17.8 million Californians cast ballots in the 2020 Presidential Election, representing 71 percent of the state's eligible voters. As noted in John Myers' LA Times story, this was the highest turnout California has seen since 1952. 

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