2014 Priorities

The members of Future of California Elections (FoCE) – election officials, civil rights organizations and election reform advocates – will continue to work to expand participation and improve the state’s election system by:

Language Access

  • Assisting election officials with implementation of AB 817, which allows legal permanent residents to serve as bilingual poll workers, in time for the 2014 general election;
  • Developing training, tools and best practices to ensure that language assistance is available in those communities where it is required by federal and state law;
  • Continuing the Language Access Advisory Committee (LAAC) meetings with the Secretary of State (SoS) to facilitate improvements in how the increasingly diverse language needs of California voters are met;

Voter Registration

  • Working with the SoS to expand implementation of online voter registration and ensure that it is accessible to all voters and links to other state and local agencies as well as schools, businesses and community organizations;
  • Conducting outreach, technical assistance and training to expand access to voter registration at state and local agencies (including those serving people with disabilities), schools, businesses and community organizations;
  • Engaging the SoS on the roll-out of VoteCal, the new state voter registration database, to guarantee that it is on or ahead of schedule, functions properly for election offices and will support programs (including same-day registration and pre-registration of youth voters) required by state law;

Voting Options

  • Providing input on the state’s implementation of changes (mandated by SB 360) to the state’s voting system certification and approval process and the adoption of statewide voting system requirements;
  • Examining how vote-by-mail affects voters, including  limited English-proficient voters and voters with disabilities, and make recommendations about necessary changes to state laws; develop messaging to educate voters on how to cast a successful vote by mail ballot;
  • Exploring the feasibility of voting technology such as electronic poll books and ballot on demand to better serve voters on Election Day;

Voting Information

  • Encouraging state and local election officials to establish online voter lookup tools, and broaden what is available to voters online – including registration checks, vote-by-mail and provisional ballot tracking and access to a wider range of information about what is on the ballot – while ensuring accessibility for all voters;
  • Developing, disseminating and implementing best practices for voting information, including plain language and a focus on usability by all voters in every community.