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Student Activist Training Guidebook


Each summer, California Common Cause invests in bringing undergrad students from across California to our free Student Activist Training over the summer. This comprehensive guidebook serves as a resource for students enrolled in the program, teaching them the fundamentals of how to organize an issue campaign.

Money & Influence 08.1.2018

Public Financing of Campaigns: People-Powered Elections


Public financing of campaigns are programs that provide public funds to help candidates run for office. In exchange, candidates voluntarily agree to meet certain qualifications and adhere to various restrictions. They can be used to fund candidates for a local city council all the way up to the President of the United States. Funding is determined by the jurisdiction; sometimes funding comes out of the general fund and sometimes it is paid for by a specific revenue source, like a parcel tax. Numerous states and cities have enacted public financing such as Arizona, Maine, New York City, Los Angeles City, and Seattle. There are a number of public financing systems, small donor matching funds, vouchers and clean money.

Voting & Elections 07.27.2018

Best Election Practices: Creating Voter-Centric Elections


California Common Cause continued its Election Protection program in the June 2018 primary election. In this effort, we also observed the launch of the Voter's Choice Act in 3 counties (San Mateo, Sacramento, and Napa) while monitoring pollworker conduct and general election administration practices. Based on our observations, we developed this report to highlight some best practices and recommendations to address common issues we observed.

Voting & Elections 03.20.2018

California Voter’s Choice Act

Fact Sheet

The California Voter's Choice Act (VCA) was co-sponsored by Senator Allen and Senator Hertzberg to make voting more convenient and accessible in participating counties. For questions, contact Kiyana Asemanfar, Policy Outreach Coordinator.

Voting & Elections 03.20.2018

Election Protection

Fact Sheet

The nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Election Protection is the nation’s largest non-partisan voter protection coalition. Through the 1-866-OUR-VOTE hotline (administered by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law), the 1-888-Ve-Y-Vota hotline (administered by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Education Fund), and a comprehensive legal field deployment, Election Protection helps ensure eligible voters are able to participate in our democracy. For questions, contact Sylvia Moore, Southern California Organizer.

Voting & Elections 03.20.2018

California Motor Voter Program

Fact Sheet

California Motor Voter automatically registers all eligible Californians who complete a driver’s license, identification card (ID), or change of address transaction online, by mail, or in person, unless they opt out. The program streamlines the voter registration process at the DMV and makes registering to vote more convenient for Californians. For questions, contact Kiyana Asemanfar, Policy Outreach Coordinator.

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