2013 Priorities

In January 2013, FOCE hosted a conference to discuss opportunities for reform, hear ideas for improving participation across the electorate that ensured a transparent and well-functioning system of democracy in California. Based in part on those conversations, FOCE will continue its efforts to identify consensus reforms consistent with the Principles, with a special emphasis on the following priorities for 2013. Specifically, FOCE members will:

Voter Registration

  • Seek to improve and expand the availability of the California Online Voter Registration (COVR) system, with particular attention to making it accessible to voters with disabilities and minority language voters as well as expanding implementation at colleges and universities statewide
  • Assist state and local public agencies with development of technical tools and best practices to expand voter registration among citizens who come into contact with those agencies for services
  • Work with the Secretary of State and others to achieve timely, transparent and collaborative implementation of VoteCal, the state‚Äôs voter registration database, in order to increase voter participation and allow implementation of previously-enacted reforms

Voting Information

  • Continue their efforts to improve the content and usability of both print and online editions of state and local voter information guides, including accessibility to voters with disabilities and minority language voters
  • Seek to expand the content and usability of online voter lookup tools at the state and local levels including accessibility to voters with disabilities and minority language voters

Voting Options

  • Examine the challenges associated with delivery and counting of vote by mail ballots (such as signature verification, rejection rates and postal issues) and partner with policymakers, election officials and others to address those challenges
  • Work with election officials and policymakers to identify tools and laws to expand voting beyond precincts and vote-by-mail, while ensuring security as well as accessibility for voters with disabilities and minority language needs

Language Access

  • Work with the Secretary of State and election officials to ensure state and local compliance with applicable federal and state laws on minority language access to the electoral process
  • Partner with policymakers, the Secretary of State and election officials to expand access of minority language communities to all aspects of the electoral process