California Voter Foundation

Improving the voting process to better serve voters

aka CVF   |   Sacramento, CA   |  https://www.calvoter.org

Mission

The California Voter Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working through research, oversight, outreach and demonstration projects to improve the election process so that it better serves the needs and interests of voters. Program Goals: 1. Promote and support Californians' right to equal treatment and protection in the voting process. 2. Promote and support robust federal, state and local funding of election administration. 3. Advance voting system security and meaningful auditing of ballots in California and nationwide.

Ruling year info

1994

Principal Officer

Ms. Kim Alexander

Main address

P.O. Box 189277

Sacramento, CA 95818 USA

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EIN

68-0190132

NTEE code info

Voter Education/Registration (R40)

Citizen Participation (W24)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (P05)

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Advancing Election Security in California and Beyond

The California Voter Foundation has worked for more than 2 decades to secure the vote and keep risky voting technology from being put into use and undermining voter confidence. CVF led the effort to ban paperless electronic voting in California and beyond, supporting voter-verified paper audit trail requirements and post-election audits. CVF helped found the Election Verification Network, a global alliance of advocates, compuer scientists, election officials, lawyers and academics committed to secure and trustworthy elecdtions. CVF monitors the voting technology testing and certification process in California, participates in developing voting technology regulations and advocates for increased funding for counties to enable them to update and maintain secure voting technology about which voters can feel confident.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Since 2014, CVF has been studying and working on reforms to improve California's vote-by-mail process. While voting by mail is a popular option, it is not without its problems. Every election, tens of thousands of vote-by-mail ballots are rejected statewide, primarily due to lateness and problems with voters' signatures - that they are missing or rejected as not matching closely enough to the voter's registration signature on file. CVF is working to reduce this form of disenfranchisement by supporting laws that require notification of voters with balloting problems, public education, and research such as CVF's 2020 report, https://www.caovoter.org/rejectedballots,
CVF worked on drafting and enacting legislation to reduce the number of rejected ballots by giving election officials and voters the ability to submit a vote-by-mail signature separately from the ballot envelope in cases where voters forgot to sign the envelope. This reform helped rescue over 1,200 ballots in 2016 in Sacramento County alone, keeping those voters from being disenfranchised. Overall the rejected ballot rate in the state has dropped from a high of 3 percent of all vote-by-mail ballots cast in June 2014 to a low of .5 percent in November 2016.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Young adults
Older adults

Each election, CVF produces a nonpartisan California Online Voter Guide as well as election songs produced as a video featuring musicians performing a singalong song designed to help voters understand voting and ballot propositions in just a few minutes. These online tools help voters make confident choices while providing an entertaining and engaging way to get informed. All CVF's voter education resources are available and archived online at www.calvoter.org.

CVF has produced a nonpartisan online voter guide for California voters for every statewide election since 1994. The guide is ad-free, easy to navigate and features reliable information to help voters quickly and easily understand their ballot choices. Popular resources featured in the guide include a Directory of County Election Offices and Online Voter Tools - Check Your Status to help voters verify their registration and ballot status.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

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California Voter Foundation

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
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Board chair

Cathy Darling Allen

Registrar of Voters, Shasta County, CA

Term: 2019 - 2021

Joseph Lorenzo Hall

Center for Democracy & Technology

Stephen Levine

Researcher

David Jefferson

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Kim Alexander

California Voter Foundation

Jack Lerner

UC Irvine School of Law

Mindy Romero

UC Davis California Civic Engagement Project

Cathy Darling Allen

Shasta County, CA Clerk and Registrar of Voters

Susan King Roth

Virginia Commonwealth University