Please donate to the California Voter Foundation and support our work to protect our democracy.
CVF works year-round to protect elections and keep voting secure.
- Supporting and defending election officials and election administration
Election officials in California and across the country are facing an increasingly hostile and threatening public. CVF exposed this crisis in its landmark 2021 report, Documenting and Addressing Harassment of Election Officials and facilitates a nationwide network of leaders across several sectors that meet monthly to defend and build a community of support for election officials and election administration.
- Ensuring voting systems are accessible, secure and accurate in Shasta and other California counties
CVF is working with several other California-based nonprofit, nonpartisan voter advocacy groups to ensure voters in Shasta County and elsewhere continue to benefit from accessible, secure and accurate voting systems as that county and potentialyl others reconsider their voting system vendors and ballot counting plans based on false information about current systems and vendors. CVF and its allies have sent two letters to Shasta supervisors and testified at public meetings to communicate the legal responsibility to provide accessible voting systems and the potential dangers of attempting to accurately and securely hand count tens of thousands of California ballots in future elections.
- Protecting California election workers through privacy protections
CVF co-sponsored legislation (SB 1131) with the Brennan Center for Justice to strengthen California laws to protect California election workers’ security and safety by allowing them to enroll in address confidentiality programs. The bill was signed into law by Governor Newsom on September 26, 2022 and included an urgency clause, so the protections went into effect immediately and before the November 2022 election.
- Promoting "Peace at the Polls" to prepare for potential conflict at the polls
CVF is helping keep voters safe by ensuring election officials and law enforcement officers have open lines of communication. In 2022, CVF hosted “Peace at the Polls CA”, an online briefing to help local and state election officials, law enforcement officers, and nonprofit election observers prepare for potential conflict in and around voting sites and election offices. The event provided de-escalation tips to help prepare to effectively handle potential confrontations and aggressive poll monitoring. Over 100 local elections office staff and law enforcement officers from 29 counties attended this briefing. A list of the resources shared with attendees is available on CVF's Peace at the Polls CA Resources web page, as well as a video recording of the event.
- Addressing long vote counts
Mis- and disinformation flourishes in a vacuum. California's long vote counts contribute to confusion and distrust about the election process. For the November 2022 election, CVF produced research using historic live election returns data from the California Secretary of State's web site to show how vote counting takes longer with expanded use of vote-by-mail balloting, and undertook a project to help the public monitor close contests through CVF's Close CA Contests Tracking Sheet. CVF is also working on legislation (AB 626/Pellerin) that, if enacted, will allow California voters to return their voted mail ballots at voting sites instead of placing them in envelopes to be signature-verified and processed later.
Please donate today with your credit or debit card via PayPal, or by check, to:
California Voter Foundation
P.O. Box 189277
Sacramento, CA 95818-9277
Donations to CVF are tax-deductible; in-kind donations are also welcome!
Please support CVF with your tax-deductible donation and be part of our work keeping democracy safe and secure for everyone!
--- Kim Alexander, CVF President & Founder, Board Chair Cathy Darling Allen & Board Members Tommy Gong, Susan Roth, Jack Lerner, Steve Levine, Mindy Romero & Pam Smith
The California Voter Foundation is a non-partisan, non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, all contributions are tax-deductible, Tax ID #68-0190132.