California is home to the largest and most diverse electorate in the nation. In many ways, California has been a national leader in regard to elections, including improving the transparency and auditability of elections and providing election information, such as sample ballots to all voters.
And yet, the state has far to go; California ranks near the bottom nationwide in the percentage of eligible citizens actually registered to vote, and barriers to participation yield a voting population that does not mirror that of the state as a whole.
The Future of California Elections (FoCE) was formed in late 2011 to examine and address the unique challenges facing the State of California’s election system. With the support of the James Irvine Foundation, FoCE convened a series of meetings in 2011 and 2012 at which stakeholders discussed the strengths and weaknesses of the state’s election system and collaborated on projects and proposals to improve and protect the process for all California voters. In 2013, FoCE was established as a 501 (c)3 to support the work of the members in modernizing elections and expanding participation in California.
FoCE members include election administrators, leaders of civil rights organizations and elections reform advocates. Together they represent the public servants charged with managing the process, groups representing a diverse spectrum of California voters and advocates dedicated to an open, transparent and well-functioning system of democracy in California.