2016 Priorities

Each year the members of Future of California Elections (FoCE) work on a set of priorities, individually and collectively, in order to advance the guiding Principles.

In 2016, FoCE members –election officials, civil rights organizations and election reform advocates– will continue to work to expand participation and improve the state’s election system by:

Improving Californians’ access to voter registration:

  • Promote greater awareness, usage and continuing improvement of the California Online Voter Registration (COVR), especially for limited English proficient voters, voters with disabilities and people without a California I.D. or driver’s license.
  • Improve opportunities for eligible Californians to register at the DMV, Covered California, public colleges and universities, offices that serve people with disabilities, and other public assistance agencies.
  • Advocate for full and sound implementation of existing laws, including California’s new Motor Voter law, Election Day/same-day registration, VoteCal, and pre-registration of 16-/17-year olds.
  • Explore interstate data-sharing programs to identify and engage eligible but unregistered Californians.
  • Engage in National Voter Registration Day activities by supporting technical assistance on language access and outreach to underrepresented communities.
  • Research how to reduce registration and voting disparities across California, with special attention to demographic, ethnoracial and geographic communities where participation is lagging.
  • Assist state and local agencies with the technical work to implement these improvements.

Improving Californians’ voting experience:

  • Improve the access and design of voting information by presenting information in plain language and providing information in a full range of formats, including in print and online, so that voters can cast an informed and successful ballot as privately and independently as possible, regardless of English proficiency or disability.
  • Ensure that state systems like COVR and VoteCal provide services to all voters, regardless of English proficiency or disability, by including the ability for voters to establish language and format preferences for election information.
  • Research innovative efforts nationwide to improve the voting experience and encourage participation.
  • Advocate for sound implementation of new laws to support the voter experience.
  • Provide stakeholders, including state and local officials, with the training and technical support necessary to achieve these goals.

Improving California’s election administration system:

  • Promote the implementation of sound practices throughout the electoral process for assisting voters with disabilities and limited English proficiency, including effective recruitment, training and deployment of poll workers.
  • Evaluate innovation in election administration, including alternatives to current voting options, new technologies like electronic poll books, alternatives to the current system of signature collection and verification, and participating in the state’s voting system certification and approval process.
  • Research election costs and their effect on election administration and advocate for sufficient state guidance and funding for local election offices to carry out mandated responsibilities.
  • Advocate for the implementation of new laws and regulations to improve election administration.
  • Assist state and local election offices with the technical and procedural work to implement these improvements.