18 awards, totaling $5.8 million
Began in 2012
California's voting rates are among the lowest in the nation, especially among ethnic, low-income, and younger adults. As a result, the California electorate is not representative of the state’s eligible voting population. And as each California county runs its elections differently, participation, efficiency, and security vary.
We support efforts to improve the state’s election system.
This includes supporting organizations that:
More about the Future of California Elections
To improve the quality of state and county voter information guides by producing and promoting a best practices manual.View website
To conduct research, outreach and advocacy, designed to expand voting among young adults, as part of the Future of California Elections.View website
To support the implementation of a statewide voter registration infrastructure at public agencies and online, as part of the Future of California Elections.View website
To conduct research, outreach, and technical assistance designed to expand voter participation, as part of the Future of California Elections.View website
To conduct research on the demographics of registered and unregistered voters, the new voter pipeline, and early voters.View website
To develop an election costs database to inform elections policies and practices and to develop a plan to collect and disseminate best practices in election administration.View website
The Future of California Elections assembled a toolkit for organizations and individuals to use in assisting voters with casting a timely and valid vote-by-mail ballot.
A summary of the Future of California Elections work on key issues in the field of election policy shared with the Presidential Commission on Election Administration.
We commissioned this independent report to determine whether the first-ever Citizens Redistricting Commission effectively engaged California communities in the redistricting process. The commission was largely successful in achieving a nonpartisan and transparent process. The final maps survived legal challenge, and the commission’s work was regarded positively by a majority of the voters. The 2012 election results suggested that the new district lines caused significant turnover in elected offices. This report also identifies flaws in the process and recommendations for future redistricting efforts.