THE DEMOCRACY MOVEMENT IN California

MAKE AN IMPACT FOR DEMOCRACY

Democracy starts with each of us—and together, we can make a major impact when we speak up for what’s right. We know the ultimate power in a democracy is the people. We are powerful, fearless, ordinary Americans working together to build a democracy that works for us all.

Take action! Join in the democracy work of the organizations below:

LEARN MORE ABOUT NEW VOTING AND ELECTION BILLS IN CALIFORNIA

An online database created by the Brennan Center has all the most recent information on restrictive and expansive voting bills that are being proposed or have passed in your state. Make sure to stay up-to-date!

VISIT A ‘ONE-STOP-SHOP’ FOR ELECTION INFO: VOTE411.ORG FOR CALIFORNIA

VOTE411 is a “one-stop-shop” for election information created by League of Women Voters. Get your Personalized Voting Information to find your polling place, see what’s on your ballot, check your voter registration, learn ID requirements, and much more!

VOLUNTEER AT THE POLLS IN CALIFORNIA

An online portal developed by the Fair Elections Center to share state by state information on poll worker requirements and applications for each state.

LEARN WHERE THE POLITICAL MONEY COMES FROM IN CALIFORNIA

A searchable database by Open Secrets with profiles showing you who’s making the big political contributions in your state, as well as where the money’s coming from.

LEARN HOW DEMOCRACY REFORMS BECOME LAW IN CALIFORNIA

Twenty-six states, including California & DC allow citizen-led ballot initiatives and have a process for citizens to get measures on the ballot to be voted on to become law. This means that a group of citizens may place a measure on the ballot through gathering signatures, and, in some states, getting legislative approval once the set number of signatures is reached.  LEARN MORE! 

California DEMOCRACY REFORM AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL IS POSSIBLE TOO!

Learn more about H.R.1, the For the People Act, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives in March 2019.

Urgent Action

THE SENATE MUST ENACT DEMOCRACY REFORM!

Protect our freedom to vote! Urge your Senators to pass the For the People Act (S.1) a once-in-a-generation package of proven democracy reforms. Log your call and add your name to demand that the Senate support our democracy — and pass the For the People Act.

 

TELL YOUR SENATORS THE FILIBUSTER MUST END!

Urge your Senators to ensure the filibuster does not stand in the way of passing urgent legislation that strengthens our democracy. We urgently need our government to pass legislation that rises to meet the challenges of this moment.

 

Success Stories

CALIFORNIA PASSES PROPOSITION 17

State votes to restore the right to vote to people on parole for a felony.

ALBANY AND EUREKA ADOPT RANKED CHOICE VOTING

Both cities adopt ranked choice voting as the method for electing city council members.

On Eve of May Day, California Labor Federation Urges Action to Protect Immigrant Communities and Workers Hit Hard by COVID-19 Crisis

The California Labor Federation issued a letter to Gov. Newsom and legislative leaders to urge the state to address the growing desperation immigrant families across California are facing as a result of job loss and being cut out of federal stimulus.

California's Secretary of State announces plan to decertify legacy voting systems

On February 27, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced his plan to decertify California’s legacy voting systems to ensure counties use more secure equipment in time for the March 2020 California Presidential Primary.

Vote at 16 Victory at LAUSD!

Los Angeles United School District board votes to research expanding the right to vote to 16 and 17 year olds for district elections.