CVF-News

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


SB 72, SB 523 and AB 681 will improve process for voters in 2020

By August 28, 2019

The California Legislature is winding down the first year of its 2019-20 session and the California Voter Foundation is supporting three important bills that, if enacted, will improve California's voting process in advance of the 2020 Presidential election:

  • Senate Bill 72, by Senator Tom Umberg (D-Santa Ana) will allow voters to register to vote at all polling places on Election Day starting in 2020.

Under current law, Californians may register on Election Day only at county election or satellite offices, or, if their county has implemented the Voter's Choice Act (VCA) voting model, at vote centers.

SB 72 will ensure voters have equal access to Election Day registration regardless of whether their county has implemented the VCA. Voters who register on Election Day do so "conditionally" and their eligibility is verified before their ballots are counted. If enacted, California will join nine other states and DC in providing Election Day registration at polling places. This bill is currently in Assembly Appropriations. CVF's support letter is online.

May 3, 2019

Thanks to all who donated to the California Voter Foundation for Big Day of Giving 2019!

Yesterday we met our fundraising goal and CVF raised a total of $12,414. Those funds will help support our efforts to prepare voters for the March 2020 Presidential Primary election and continue our ongoing efforts to secure the vote.

We received a number of contributions, not just through the BDOG2019 site but also through Facebook, PayPal and checks.

Of course, we are happy to accept donations year-round, through CVF’s "Donate" page linking to our PayPal site, or by check payable to "California Voter Foundation" and sent to:

California Voter Foundation
PO Box 189277
Sacramento, CA  95818

May 1, 2019

Hi Folks,

big day of giving 2019Big Day of Giving is almost here! As we did last year, CVF is joining with hundreds of other nonprofits in the Sacramento area to raise money together on May 2.

Sponsored by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, BDOG2019 provides a user-friendly platform for nonprofit donors to learn about organizations and make a secure, online donation.

Please check out our profile at www.bigdayofgiving.org/cvf and schedule your donation today! 

Last year CVF raised $10,000. For 2019, we are aiming to reach $12,000. To encourage those donations, the CVF Board of Directors has created a $6,000 matching fund.

April 25, 2019

CVF Board & Future of California Elections honor CVF President's 25 years of service to voters

CVF Honors Kim AlexanderAt this year's Future of California Elections conference, which took place in Sacramento on April 11, CVF President Kim Alexander was presented with plaques from both the CVF board and Future of California Elections recognizing CVF's 25 year anniversary and her many years of service to California voters.

Several CVF board members were on hand to present the award and video the presentation, which shows Alexander being caught completely by surprise by the recognition.

April 5, 2019

Hi Folks,

It's been a busy time and this isuse of CVF-News will bring you up to speed on some of the things we've been involved and upcoming events and activities with the Legislature, Secretary of State, and Future of Califonria Elections. We are also preparing for Big Day of Giving 2019 and hope we will be able to count on your support on May 2 to help CVF continue our work improving the voting process to better serve voters.

-- Kim Alexander, President & Founder, California Voter Foundation

Counties must upgrade equipment in time for March 2020 Primary

February 28, 2019

On February 27, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced his plan to decertify California's legacy voting systems to ensure counties use more secure equipment in time for the March 2020 California Presidential Primary.

His office issued a news release explaining why:

December 17, 2018

Hi Folks,

2018 was a busy year for the California Voter Foundation, filled with major achievements. 

We need your help to continue our work improving the voting process to better serve voters. Please take a look at our 2018 accomplishments and consider making a year-end donation to CVF.

- Kim Alexander, President & Founder, and the California Voter Foundation Board of Directors:
Geoffrey Wandesforde-Smith, Joseph Loranzo Hall, Jack Lerner, Stephen Levine, David Jefferson,
Susan King Roth, Mindy Romero and Cathy Darling Allen

November 27, 2018

Hi Folks,

We know there are many worthwhile causes deserving of your support, and hope you will include the California Voter Foundation on your Giving Tuesday gift list. We operate on a small annual budget and every dollar helps us help the voters. I hope we can count on your much-needed support!

- Kim Alexander, President & Founder, California Voter Foundation

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Why should you support CVF?Support the Work

We know voting is important, and as Californians with a tradition of direct democracy we have especially important choices to make when we vote.

CVF has fought to protect and improve the voting process, by:

November 15, 2018

Hi Folks,

While the election took place nine days ago, it is far from over. Millions of California ballots still remain to be counted. Voters and election officials alike are working to correct problems with vote-by-mail envelopes that are missing voters' signatures or the signatures are mismatched. Several California contests are still too close to call. Read below for more details on the status of the vote count and what Californians can and should be doing right now to ensure their vote-by-mail ballots get counted.

It's important to note that this work is going on at a time when firefighters are battling several major wildfires across the state that have upended many lives and created some of the worst air quality ever seen in the state. 

Wishing health and safety for all, 

- Kim Alexander, President & Founder, California Voter Foundation

October 31, 2018

Yesterday the California Voter Foundation debuted our new "Proposition Song" music video covering the 11 propositions on California's ballot.prop song recording session

On one of the propositions, Prop. 11, we had the "yes" and "no" vote meanings backwards - once this was brought to our attention we re-recorded the audio and corrected the text in the video and in the song lyrics to make sure our information is accurate.

Because it is not possible to edit a video once it is published on YouTube or Facebook, we had to take down the videos we posted yesterday and publish new ones at new urls. The links for the video on CVF's site have all been updated, but the prior links to the video shared on YouTube and Facebook no longer play the Proposition Song. 

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