Creating Partnerships for Real Solutions

Every year at our annual Future of California Elections (FoCE) conference we work to create a space that fosters collaboration and highlights the existing work being done among election administrators, reform advocates, civil rights, and civic engagement groups. We believe it is these unique partnerships that create real solutions to modernizing elections and expanding participation.

There is great potential for a thriving democracy when you live in such a richly diverse state such as our own. So, at our 2016 FoCE conference, we have made it a priority to have the diversity of California’s electorate – and all their unique challenges to participating in elections – represented in our workshops and panel discussions.

Our FoCE panel topics include, “Voting for Revolution: The role civic engagement plays in modern day movements”, “Moving the Electorate: Reflections and insights for civic engagement”, and “Reducing Barriers to Voting.”

Many of this year’s presenters have decades of experience in grassroots organizing and advocating for historically disenfranchised Californians. Speakers like Fred Nisen from Disability Rights California and Aparna Shah from Mobilize the Immigrant Vote will speak on what we can do better to create even greater access to all Californians.

FOCE’s mission is to facilitate conversation between advocates and elected officials and civil rights attorneys and community organizers to create an election system that is available to all Californians. We hope you can join us at this year’s conference and lend your own expertise in engaging your community.

Authored by Jess Jollett, American Civil Liberties Union. Jess is currently the Communications Strategist for the ACLU of California Voting Rights Project, her creative writings have been published in San Diego CityBeat and the San Diego Writers, Ink Anthology.

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