2015 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 2015, 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 via:

  • Promoting greater awareness, usage and continuing improvement of the California Online Voter Registration system
  • Providing more opportunities for eligible Californians to register at public agencies, including the DMV and public assistance offices, as well as at public utility companies and private businesses
  • Advocating full and sound implementation of existing laws encouraging civic education and participation, such as Election Day/same day registration, pre-registration of 16-/17-year olds, and college/university student registration
  • Ensuring the timely and complete implementation of the VoteCal statewide voter database and its support for expanded registration efforts
  • Exploring interstate data-sharing programs to identify and engage eligible but unregistered Californians
  • Researching how to reduce registration and voting disparities across California, with special attention to demographic, ethnoracial and geographic communities where participation is lagging
  • Assisting state and local agencies with the technical work to implement these improvements

Improving Californians’ voting experience by:

  • Partnering with state and local officials to ensure voting information is accessible to voters regardless of English proficiency or disability and is presented in plain language usable by all voters
  • Providing voters with the full range of voting information they need to cast a successful ballot, whether voting in person or by mail
  • Encouraging state and local election officials to make voting information widely available, both in print and online for digital and mobile devices
  • Establishing and strengthening formal committees at the state level to help election officials provide services to voters with disabilities and limited English proficiency
  • Ensuring 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
  • Researching innovative efforts nationwide to improve the voting experience and encourage participation.
  • Providing stakeholders with training and technical support necessary to achieve these goals, including making data available in formats that allow information to be shared online

Improving California’s election administration system by:

  • Ensuring effective recruitment, training and deployment of poll workers, especially those trained to assist voters with disabilities and those with limited English proficiency
  • Evaluating alternatives to current voting options such as vote centers, casting or returning a ballot at any polling site, and primarily vote-by-mail elections
  • Participating in the state’s voting system certification and approval process
  • Exploring new technologies like electronic poll books and identifying alternatives to the current system of signature collection and verification
  • Advocating for sufficient state guidance and funding for local election offices to carry out mandated responsibilities
  • Researching election costs and their effect on election administration
  • Promoting the implementation of sound practices throughout the electoral process for assisting voters with disabilities and limited English proficiency
  • Assisting state and local election offices with the technical and procedural work to implement these improvements