California’s body of voters is not representative of the state’s eligible voting population. Voting rates are low among ethnic, low-income and younger adults, and the state’s ethnic communities are also less likely to communicate with public officials. As a result, their priorities and preferences are less likely to be heard.
We support efforts that foster greater participation in elections and public decision making among underrepresented populations, including low-income, ethnic, and immigrant communities.
This includes supporting organizations that:
Work regionally or statewide
Engage residents during and between election cycles
California boasts the nation’s most diverse population, with a high proportion of young adults. This presents unique opportunities for innovation in civic engagement and public policy. But with low voting rates, especially among low-income Californians and young adults, we must ensure that the state’s policies and electorate reflect the voices of California’s eligible voting population. And because California’s 58 counties run their elections differently, participation, efficiency, and security vary.
We support efforts to improve the state’s election system, including supporting organizations that:
Work with election officials, public agencies, colleges, and others to improve online voter registration and other voter registration opportunities
Research and promote improvements to voter information materials
Expand options for casting ballots, such as through early voting and vote-by-mail
Discern and help implement effective election practices