Tag Archives: California

Driving Up The Numbers: Will California’s Motor Voter Law Dramatically Alter The Golden State’s Electorate?

By: Tyler Sherman With low voter turnout in the recent 2014 elections, pressure mounted on California legislators to act to increase voter participation. In response, California’s state legislature passed, and Governor Jerry Brown approved, the New Motor Voter Act. In … Continue reading

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California’s Competing Death Penalty Propositions: What Happens if Voters Approve Both?

By: Chelsea Brewer On November 8th, California voters will be faced with competing propositions affecting the fate of the death penalty in the State. Both propositions operate on “the premise that the system is broken” and claim that justice will be … Continue reading

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California Secretary of State Certifies VoteCal Ahead of 2016 General Election

By: Chelsea Brewer On September 26, 2016, the California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, announced that he certified VoteCal as the State’s centralized system of record for voter registration. The online database seeks to ease the voter registration process by providing … Continue reading

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Connecticut Becomes Fifth State to Make Automatic Voter Registration Change

By: Cristina DeBiase In recent years, states have passed laws making it harder to vote through restrictive provisions, such as requiring photo ID, limiting early voting, eliminating same-day registration, or all of the above. Since the 2010 midterm elections alone, nearly half … Continue reading

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California’s New Motor Voter Law Benefits the Young, Not Undocumented Immigrants

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will allow for automated voter registration at the DMV for citizens obtaining or renewing a driver’s license or state ID. The law is being referred to as the New Motor Voter Act. … Continue reading

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Ballot Initiatives for Marijuana Legalization Track Public Opinion

By Hannah Whiteker Fans of direct democracy should be excited about the increased use of state ballot initiatives to legalize marijuana use. Direct democracy  allows citizens to enact and change laws, instead of electing representatives to make important decisions for … Continue reading

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Deciphering Felony Disenfranchisement in Post-Realignment California

In August of 2015, California restored the voting rights to approximately 60,000 former felony offenders who had been improperly disenfranchised as a result of a glitch in the political process. In the whirlwind of California’s recent prison reform acts, these … Continue reading

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Right to a Write-In Vote in South Carolina?

By: Lauren Coleman Greenville, South Carolina, will become the largest municipality in South Carolina to cancel an election this upcoming November.  Mayor Knox White and three members of the City Council are running unopposed and will take office without going … Continue reading

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All Bark, No Bite: How California’s Top-Two Primary System Reinforces the Status Quo

by Nathan Yu During the November 6 general election, the state of California saw the effects of one fascinating component of its electoral system:  its top-two open primary. Over two years ago, California voters proposed and passed Proposition 14, a … Continue reading

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Who Draws the Lines? California Experiment Intact, For Now

by Nathan Yu and Chelsea Bobo When American legislators sit down to redraw district lines it is difficult to disentangle this redistricting process from the evils of gerrymandering and other forms of partisan abuse. Perhaps the party members we elect … Continue reading

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