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Experiments with Voter Outreach & Technology

BY Connie Malloy
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Connie Galambos Malloy is Senior Program Officer for the California Democracy pr
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| Apr 07, 2014

To complement our ongoing civic engagement efforts, the James Irvine Foundation and its grantee partners are launching ambitious nonpartisan voter outreach and mobilization efforts for 2014’s primary and general elections. A March 25th convening marked the launch of Irvine’s Voter Outreach & Technology (VOTE) Initiative, a set of field experiments across eight counties, conducted by nine organizations. These organizations will use targeted data analysis and new mobilization strategies, enabled by technology, to encourage voters from traditionally underrepresented populations to make their voices heard.

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Report from the White House on Release of Voting Recs

BY Catherine Hazelton
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| Jan 30, 2014

One year ago, during the 2013 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama announced the creation of a bipartisan commission to identify policy fixes to make voting easier for all Americans. His call resonated with those of us supporting and participating in the Future of California Elections (FOCE), a coalition of election administrators, civil rights groups and election reform advocates. We immediately connected with the White House and sought opportunities to inform the Commission’s efforts. In August, FOCE held a “listening session” for the Commission, at which FOCE members highlighted best practices and provided detailed research and recommendations specific to the needs of California voters.

Last week, after hearing from administrators, researchers, voters and others across the country, the President’s Commission on Election Administration presented him and Vice President Joe Biden with the Commission’s recommendations for improving voting in America. Immediately after, the Commission met at the White House with about 30 stakeholders, including FOCE Director Doug Chapin and myself.

In a refreshing example of bipartisanship, the Commission, co-chaired by the campaign counsel for the Obama and Mitt Romney 2012 Presidential campaigns, unanimously endorsed a wide range of reforms, including online voter registration, increased accessibility for those with disabilities and those who speak languages other than English, expanded voting options like early voting, and modern voting technology.

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President’s Commission Recommends Voting Fixes

BY Catherine Hazelton
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| Jan 22, 2014

When President Barack Obama's Commission on Election Administration released its final report today, making recommendations to improve the voter experience, we were thrilled to see that the Commission acknowledged the Future of California Elections (FOCE) and adopted many recommendations made by its member organizations. Likewise, Doug Chapin and I are honored to represent FOCE's work at the White House today for a meeting about the report’s release.

In his January 2013 State of the Union address, President Obama established the bipartisan Commission in an attempt to ease barriers to voting, such as by finding ways to reduce long lines on Election Day. The Commission, co-chaired by the lead counsel for the Obama and Mitt Romney 2012 Presidential campaigns, held public hearings in four battleground states and conducted "listening sessions" with other groups around the country.

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Guest Post: Immigrant Integration - California Leads the Way

BY Reshma Shamasunder
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Reshma Shamasunder has served as Executive Director of the California Immigrant
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| Nov 27, 2013

Executive Director, California Immigrant Policy Center

The courage and determination of immigrant Californians have transformed the state – and they will soon transform the nation.

We’re experiencing what Governor Jerry Brown declared a “grand and great transition” towards a more inclusive future. This really is the “Year of the Immigrant” in California.

I’m proud to be a Californian and advocate for immigrant rights during this exciting moment – a feeling reverberating throughout our state’s immigrant communities. Recent victories advance true inclusion of immigrants and lay the groundwork for important fights ahead.

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Refining our Work on California Democracy

BY Amy Dominguez-Arms
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| Oct 21, 2013 1

Improving the health of California's democracy is both an exciting challenge and a formidable task. What's exciting is the possibility of transforming how important public decisions are made, so as to benefit all Californians. Our goal is for California to have a representative electorate, with policymaking bodies incentivized to consider the long term, and public decisions made based on good data about effective solutions.

Also exciting about working in this field is the diverse set of highly capable, committed and strategic organizations here in California that are building alliances across sectors and geographies to change how we make decisions and plan for our future. We are honored to be working in partnership with many of them.

But a challenge we face is that with many aspects of our democracy that could be improved, how do we best approach grantmaking in this arena?

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Guest Post: Election Recommendations for a Presidential Commission

BY Doug Chapin
Doug Chapin
Doug Chapin directs the Future of California Elections project. Chapin has been
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| Sep 12, 2013

By Doug Chapin – Director, Future of California Elections

For nearly two years, a collection of election officials, civil rights advocates and reform groups have come together as part of an initiative known as the Future of California Elections (FOCE) to work on making the state’s voting process more effective and expand voter participation across all of California’s communities. The collaboration has helped lead to numerous legal and procedural reforms, including greater opportunities for voter registration and improvements to the state voter guide.

Last month, FOCE members shared their experiences with members of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, a bipartisan body appointed by President Barack Obama to study election practices across the nation and make recommendations on how election administration could improve. The day-long “listening session” in San Francisco was an opportunity for FOCE members to describe their work in California and to help the Commissioners put that work into a national context.

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California Voters and the Media: A Matter of Trust

BY Catherine Hazelton
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| Aug 12, 2013 1

California voters have many opportunities, in fact, responsibilities, to participate in our democracy — from choosing candidates and considering ballot measures to sharing views with policymakers and holding them accountable. To do so effectively requires access to trustworthy, educational and culturally relevant information about public policy and civic issues. Yet, vast changes to the media landscape threaten to undermine access to the information voters need to make effective decisions. Further, the often negative, hyper-partisan tone of political discourse raises concerns about maintaining voter interest in policy issues.



In commissioning a survey of 3,500 California voters, the James Irvine Foundation set out to learn how, in the current media landscape, voters are learning about government and politics, as well as the extent of their interest in these topics. The study, conducted by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz and Associates (FM3), and its accompanying infographic, provide useful insights into the consumption of public policy news by California voters, especially among our state’s diverse communities of color.

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Protecting and Improving the Right to Vote

BY Catherine Hazelton
Catherine Hazelton
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| Jul 03, 2013
As we celebrate our democracy this Fourth of July, it seems especially appropriate to recognize the many Californians protecting and improving one of our most cherished traditions: the right to vote. For the past two years, Irvine has been supporting about two dozen inspiring leaders working together to expand voter participation and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of California’s election systems.

Earlier this year, the groups participating in this initiative, known as The Future of California Elections (FOCE), published a list of priority goals for 2013. And just last month, the Irvine Board of Directors authorized nine grants totaling more than $3 million over two years to support FOCE Steering Committee members as they seek to achieve these ambitious goals. Irvine expects to make additional FOCE-related grants later this year.

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Yes, Foster Collaborations, But How?

BY Amy Dominguez-Arms
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| Jun 25, 2013

The following is a blog post Amy Dominguez-Arms wrote for the Social Impact Exchange blog during the organization’s recent conference on Scaling Impact, on June 18-20 in New York City.

I was re-inspired by my fellow panelists and other speakers at the Social Impact Exchange Conference this week about the many ways philanthropy can contribute to social good. At the same time, I was struck by the complexities involved in how we select and exercise different roles.

During our panel discussion on “When is Philanthropy
(Ir) Relevant?” Sam Karp of the California HealthCare Foundation described his foundation’s leadership of an eleven-state, cross-sector collaborative to develop a standardized user-friendly interface for health care enrollment connected to implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Sharon Alpert of the Surdna Foundation talked about Surdna’s work to support and network city officials across the country and others dedicated to implementing sustainability strategies. And, at the opening luncheon on Wednesday, Rip Rapson shared the Kresge Foundation’s impressive multifaceted effort to reinvigorate Detroit’s economy. In each case, funders had identified an opportunity to tackle a critical issue by pulling together creative cross-sector partnerships.

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Guest Post: What Happens “When the People Draw the Lines”?

BY Raphael J. Sonenshein
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Raphael J. Sonenshein is the Executive Director of the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Ins
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| Jun 12, 2013

By Raphael J. Sonenshein, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs at Cal State Los Angeles

Back in 2008, California voters narrowly approved a ballot measure to turn the state’s redistricting process upside down. Instead of Sacramento’s incumbent elected officials (and sometimes judges) drawing the lines, the job would be handed over to a citizen commission. Two years later, the voters added congressional districts to the commission’s charge. By 2011, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission was up and running.

The League of Women Voters of California and The James Irvine Foundation asked me to research and write an independent assessment of this new redistricting process. The result is the report issued this week, “When the People Draw the Lines.”

I found that the citizen redistricting process was essentially successful. At the same time, it was clear that the commission faced some organizational obstacles that need to be corrected in time for the next citizen redistricting commission.

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