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Secretary of State Alex Padilla Announces 2018 Quick Guide to Props Tool

SACRAMENTO September 20, 2018 – The free, online “Quick Guide to Props” tool for voters has been updated for the November 6, 2018 General Election. “Quick Guide to Props” provides voters with a helpful list of the top ten campaign contributions, funding totals for each of the eleven statewide propositions, as well as a brief […]

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Governor Jerry Brown Signs Every Vote Counts Act to Give Voters the Opportunity to Correct Mismatched Signatures on Mail Ballots

SACRAMENTO, CA September 17, 2018 – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 759, the Every Vote Counts Act, which provides voters an opportunity to correct or verify signature mismatches on their vote-by- mail ballots. SB 759 was authored by Senator Mike McGuire (D-North Coast) and sponsored by Secretary of State Alex Padilla. The bill received […]

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CA Senate Approves Every Vote Counts Act to Give Voters the Opportunity To Correct Mismatched Signatures on Mail Ballots

SACRAMENTO, CA, Aug. 29, 2018 – The California State Senate approved SB 759, the Every Vote Counts Act authored by Senator Mike McGuire (D-North Coast) and sponsored by Secretary of State Alex Padilla. SB 759 will provide voters an opportunity to verify or correct signature mismatches on their mail ballots. The bill received bipartisan support, […]

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Newly Digitized Records Mark 98 Years of Women’s Suffrage Movement in California

SACRAMENTO – This August marks 98 years since the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified and formally adopted, giving women the right to vote. To celebrate this anniversary, the California State Archives has launched a new digital compilation of records relating to the women’s suffrage movement in California. This is the first time […]

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Secretary of State Alex Padilla Urges State Political Party Chairs to Take Proactive Steps to Reduce Risk of Cyberattacks

SACRAMENTO, Calif. August 23, 2018 – California Secretary of State Alex Padilla sent a letter today to the state’s political party chairpersons to remind them, their party and their party’s candidates to be alert and take proactive steps to reduce their risk of being a victim of a cyberattack. The letter was sent in response to […]

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Secretary of State Alex Padilla Urges Californians to Submit Public Comment on Citizenship Question, Launches new Census 2020 Web portal

SACRAMENTO July 31, 2018 – Today, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla unveiled census2020.sos.ca.gov — a new web portal that will provide news and resources for Californians leading up to and during the 2020 Census. As the first resource offering, the portal will provide a link to help interested Californians officially submit their public comment […]

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Nearly 800K Voter Registration Transactions Completed Since April Launch of California Motor Voter

SACRAMENTO, July 25, 2018  – California Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced today that a total of 792,851 voter registration transactions were completed through the Department of Motor Vehicles in the first two and half months since the launch of California Motor Voter. This activity includes new voter registrations, as well as re-registrations and updated address transactions. This total includes: – […]

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New Online Exhibit and Collection Explores Japanese Internment in California During World War II

SACRAMENTO, June 29, 2018 – Today, the California State Archives released its latest online exhibit, “California State Government and Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II”. Funding for this project was provided by the California State Library’s California Civil Liberties Public Education Program Grant. This program sponsors public education to promote remembrance, understanding, and awareness […]

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Sec. of State Alex Padilla Statement on Revelation that Kobach and Bannon Drove Inclusion of US Census Citizenship Question

SACRAMENTO, June 9, 2018 – Secretary of State Alex Padilla issued the following statement: “Today’s revelation that the administration’s inclusion of a citizenship question on the upcoming 2020 Census intentionally ignored the Commerce Department’s science advisors and came at the direction of former White House chief strategist and senior counsel Steve Bannon and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach […]

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Election Day in California, Polls Open Now

SACRAMENTO June 5, 2018 – Today Californians will head to the polls to votes on 5 statewide propositions, and the primary elections for U.S. Senator, U.S. House of Representatives, Statewide Constitutional offices, and State Legislative offices. Polls are open from 7:00am to 8:00pm. “Election Day is finally here,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. “With […]

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Voters registered with No Party Preference now 2nd Largest Group in California

SACRAMENTO June 1, 2018 – Secretary of State Alex Padilla released the final statewide Report of Registration ahead of the June 5, 2018, Statewide Direct Primary. As of May 21, 2018 there were 19,023,417 registered voters in California. This is an increase of 1,301,411 registered voters since the last Report of Registration at a similar […]

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Conditional Voter Registration Allows Californians who Missed Traditional Deadline another Opportunity to Register to Vote

SACRAMENTO, May 23, 2018 – There is a new option for Californians who missed the May 21 deadline to register or update their voter registration for the June 5, 2018, Statewide Direct Primary. A new option known as conditional voter registration allows eligible citizens to register and vote on the same day, today through Election Day. “There […]

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Secretary of State Alex Padilla Encourages Californians to Register to Vote for the June 5 Statewide Primary

SACRAMENTO, May 14, 2018 – The June 5, 2018, Statewide Direct Primary is only weeks away, and California Secretary of State Alex Padilla is urging citizens to register to vote. “If you’ve moved, changed your name, or want to change your political party preference, you’ll need to update your voter registration,” said Secretary of State Alex […]

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Sec. of State Padilla Announces 100,000 CA Pre-Registrations, Launches High School Civic Engagement Portal

SACRAMENTO, April 6, 2018 – California Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced today that 100,000 pre-registrations have been completed by California 16- and 17-year- since the program launched in September 2016. Their voter registration will automatically be activated when they turn 18. Secretary Padilla also unveiled HighSchool.sos.ca.gov, a new web portal on the Secretary of State’s website connecting […]

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Alex Padilla Statement on Reports that US State Department Failed to Spend Allocated Funding to Combat Russian Meddling

SACRAMENTO, CA, March 5, 2018 – It has been reported that the US State Department has spent none of the $120 million allocated to the department to combat Russian meddling. California Secretary of State Alex Padilla issued the following statement. “Time and time again President Trump has refused to take the threat of Russian activity […]

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Alex Padilla Statement on Withdrawal of Thomas Brunell from US Census Leadership Consideration

SACRAMENTO, Feb. 12, 2018 – Today, President Trump’s pick to head the US Census, Thomas Brunell, withdrew his name from consideration for the position. California Secretary of State Alex Padilla issued the following statement: “The 2020 Census remains leaderless and in grave jeopardy. I once again urge the President to nominate someone who is qualified […]

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California Secretary of State Alex Padilla Statement on Trump Election Commission’s Request of Texas Voter Data with Hispanic Surnames

SACRAMENTO January 22, 2018 – Secretary of State Alex Padilla issued the following statement after reporting from the Washington Post on Trump’s recently dissolved ‘Presidential Advisory Commission on Voter Integrity’ was published this afternoon. “Reports that Trump’s ‘Presidential Advisory Commission on Voter Integrity’ specifically requested Texas voter data with ‘Hispanic surnames’ flagged is offensive. Commission […]