CVF-News Roundup: Looming recall, supporting election officials

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.

Yes, California Requires Signature Verification For Mail-In Ballots And Newsom Recall Petitions


After Republicans seeking to recall California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom said they had reached the number of signatures necessary to trigger a special election, one conservative influencer falsely claimed that the organizers have faced hurdles that voters in November’s election did not.

California Voter Foundation applauds Gov. Newsom’s picks for U.S. Senate, California Secretary of State

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.

Voting Issues in Alameda County Raise Questions About Election Management


It was mid-morning on Election Day when Julie Mendel, a poll worker at a voting location at Mills College in Oakland, realized that something had gone horribly wrong.

A voter had approached her with a printout from a ballot-marking device, a machine that spits out a voter's choices onto a piece of paper (the voter's ballot) after they have made their selections on a touchscreen. The voter then submits the ballot into a collection bag.

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After 27 years in the elections world, Santa Cruz County, California’s Gail Pellerin is stepping down effective December 30 at the end of what she called “an extraordinary year” and certainly at the end of an extraordinary career.

It’s the giving season and CVF needs your support!

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Dear Friends,

In this season of giving, please donate to the California Voter Foundation!

Support from people like you is why in 2020, CVF:

  • Worked to reduce mail ballot rejections through research, advocacy, regulations and public education;
  • Conducted dozens of interviews and produced a music video to inform voters and help them prepare to vote safely during a pandemic; and
  • Served over one million visitors and 4 million pages from our web site,

Long before the 2020 election, CVF helped lay the groundwork for secure, transparent elections by working to outlaw paperless electronic voting in California and ensuring meaningful, post-election audits are conducted.