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Local Dollars and Local Democracy: A Comprehensive Analysis and Index of Campaign Finance Laws in California's Cities

The Municipal Campaign Finance Index (MCFI) is an organized accounting of campaign finance laws in all California cities. The Index and its accompanying report supply comprehensive data and context for California’s municipal campaign finance landscape.

Media & Democracy 02.23.2024

Community Perspectives and Policy Recommendations for Strengthening San Francisco's Journalism Ecosystem

Voting & Elections 05.26.2021

California Common Cause releases report on the 2020 general election, including California’s collaborative planning process and top election issues experienced by voters

The report, “Golden State Democracy: How California Expanded Voter Access During a Pandemic” shares the story of how California prepared for the 2020 general election in the midst of the pandemic. The report also shares the top election issues that took place in the last cycle. California Common Cause had over 500 volunteer poll monitors observe the voting process at over 1,200 locations in the general election in 5 Southern California counties. “Golden State Democracy” shares key observations from our poll monitors, including areas of strength and areas for improvement in our elections moving forward.


Consolidation of Elections Creates Massive Gains in Local Voter Turnout

In 2015, California Common Cause was a lead supporter of the California Voter Participation Rights Act (SB 415, Hueso). This report finds that voter turnout in municipal elections tripled, on average, in cities across California that consolidated their elections from off-cycle dates to on-cycle dates.


LA City Voter Turnout Analysis

Getting to 100: How Moving Elections to Even Years Increased Voter Participation in Local Elections October 2020

Voting & Elections 08.4.2020

California Common Cause and the Center for Social Innovation at University of California Riverside released a report today on how to reach first-time and limited-English speaking voters when conveying COVID-related changes in the upcoming November 2020 general election.


The report, “Reaching Low-Propensity Voters in California’s November 2020 Elections” examines voters’ awareness of voting options, voting option preferences, and reactions to existing voter messaging materials. The focus groups included low-propensity and first-time voters from Spanish, Tagalog, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Korean, and Hmong language communities, and English-speaking youth, including many first-generation voters. Participants ranged in age and represented most major metropolitan areas across California, with greatest concentrations in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Central California, and the Inland Empire.

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