Improving Voter Guides to Increase Voter Participation
In the November 2014 election, only 31% of eligible Californians voted and young people and people of color continued to be alarmingly underrepresented.
Guest Post: A Toolkit to Make Sure Every Vote Counts
With Election Day less than a month away, new research shows that many California voters are at risk of having their vote-by-mail ballots go uncounted for due to one of three common errors – returning them too late, returning them without signing the envelope, or using a signature that can’t be matched against existing records.
Improving Prospects for Immigrants
Among the current efforts to improve prospects for the nation’s immigrants, I’m struck by the number of unusual alliances forming across sectors.
Experiments with Voter Outreach & Technology
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.
Report from the White House on Release of Voting Recs
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.
President’s Commission Recommends Voting Fixes
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).
Guest Post: Election Recommendations for a Presidential Commission
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 to expand voter participation across all of California’s communities.
California Voters and the Media: A Matter of Trust
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.
Protecting and Improving the Right to Vote
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.
Yes, Foster Collaborations, But How?
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.