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Secretary Padilla Announces Trademark and Service Mark Applications for Registration Can Now Be Filed Online

SACRAMENTO January 16, 2018 – Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced today that for the first time, Californians can file trademark and service mark applications for registration online through bizfile California, the agency’s online business filing and search portal. Click here to view the new trademark and service mark online submission platform.  “By offering our trademark and service mark application process online […]

Posted inLife

CA State Archives Releases Nearly 3,000 Newly Digitized Photos of Early 20th Century Life and Landmarks

SACRAMENTO, Dec. 19, 2017 – The California State Archives has completed one of its largest digitization projects ever. The collection features nearly 3,000 photographs taken by native Californians William M. and Grace McCarthy from approximately 1905 to 1938. The McCarthys traveled extensively during the early years of automobile travel, as newly constructed highways connected people and […]

Posted inRegional

Secretary of State Alex Padilla Announces New Website for Counties Participating in the Voter’s Choice Act

SACRAMENTO, Dec. 15, 2017 – Big improvements are coming to elections in Madera, Napa, Nevada, Sacramento, and San Mateo counties in 2018 thanks to the California Voter’s Choice Act. To help prepare voters in those counties for these changes, Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced a new website: voterschoice.sos.ca.gov. The Voter’s Choice Act (SB 450) […]

Posted inCalifornia, The M Files

Secretary of State Alex Padilla Launches Cannabizfile Online Cannabis Business Portal

SACRAMENTO December 11, 2017 – Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced today the launch of cannabizfile, a new online portal with useful information about cannabis-related business filings with the Secretary of State’s office. Entrepreneurs seeking to start a cannabis-related business in California will need to register their business entity with the Secretary of State. “The first stop […]

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Secretary of State Alex Padilla Encourages Californians to Dedicate Their Votes to Veterans (VIDEO)

SACRAMENTO, Nov. 8, 2017  – With less than one year to go until the November 2018 General Election, Secretary of State Alex Padilla is encouraging Californians to dedicate their past or future vote in honor of someone who has served or is currently serving in the military. Click here to participate in, view past dedications, […]

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CA Secretary of State: Information Provided by DHS Regarding Russian Scanning was Incorrect

SACRAMENTO September 27, 2017 – California Secretary of State Alex Padilla issued the following statement. “Last Friday, my office was notified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that Russian cyber actors ‘scanned’ California’s Internet-facing systems in 2016, including Secretary of State websites. Following our request for further information, it became clear that DHS’ […]

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Secretary of State Alex Padilla Notified by DHS of Unsuccessful Russian Attempt to Target 2016 Election

SACRAMENTO September 22, 2017 – California Secretary of State Alex Padilla was informed today by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security of Russian “scanning” in 2016 of California’s Internet-facing systems. Secretary Padilla released the following statement: “Today, my office was informed for the first time by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that “Russian […]

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Secretary of State Alex Padilla responds to Trump’s “cowardly and morally wrong” DACA decision

SACRAMENTO, Sept. 5, 2017 – California Secretary of State Alex Padilla released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to rescind DACA: “President Trump has stated he would “show great heart” when dealing with Dreamers, yet today, his callous decision to repeal DACA and play politics with their lives shows how empty […]

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Secretary of State Urges Californians to Register to Vote in Recognition of National Voter Registration Month

SACRAMENTO, Sept. 1, 2017 –  California Secretary of State Alex Padilla today recognizes September 2017 as National Voter Registration Month and urges all eligible citizens to register to vote or update their registration at www.registertovote.ca.gov. “Citizen participation in elections is the foundation of our democracy,” said Secretary Padilla. “As California’s Chief Elections Officer, I want to ensure that every […]

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Secretary of State Alex Padilla Reaffirms California Will Not Comply with Kobach Commission Voter Data Request

SACRAMENTO July 25, 2017 – Yesterday, a DC federal district court denied a request for a temporary restraining order against the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity that would have prohibited the Commission and Vice Chair Kris Kobach from receiving any voter data from states. The lawsuit filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) […]

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Secretary of State Alex Padilla: Trump Election Commission created to make it harder for citizens to register and vote

SACRAMENTO, July 19, 2017 – California Secretary of State Alex Padilla issued the following statement following the first meeting of the President’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. “Today’s first meeting of Trump’s fraud election commission confirmed what we already knew—it was created to make it harder for eligible citizens to register and vote and to […]

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Secretary of State Alex Padilla: “Why on earth would Trump ever share our cyber security information with Putin?”

SACRAMENTO, CA, July 9, 2017 – California Secretary of State Alex Padilla released the following statement in response to a tweet by President Donald Trump suggesting the formation of a joint cyber security unit between the United States and Russia: “Every American – including our representatives in Congress – should be outraged by Trump’s latest […]

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Secretary of State Alex Padilla Responds to Presidential Election Commission Request for Personal Data of California Voters

SACRAMENTO June 29, 2017 – California Secretary of State Alex Padilla today released the statement below in response to a letter from Kris Kobach, Vice Chair of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The Commission was established through executive order by President Donald Trump after he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton in […]

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State Assembly Elections Committee Approves Legislation to Move California Primary to Prime Time

SACRAMENTO June 14, 2017 – The Prime Time Primary Act, authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and sponsored by Secretary of State Alex Padilla, was passed by the State Assembly Committee on Elections and Redistricting today on a 4-1 vote. The Prime Time Primary Act, Senate Bill 568, seeks to shift the state’s presidential primary […]

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Sacramento County Adopts Major Election Reforms Enabled by the Voters Choice Act

SACRAMENTO, Calif. June 7, 2017 – The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors voted to adopt the election model created by the Voters Choice Act. Beginning in 2018, all registered voters in Sacramento County will automatically be sent a ballot 28 days prior to Election Day. Voters will be able to return their ballot by mail, take […]

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California Senate Approves Prime Time Primary Bill to Move Presidential Vote from Near Last to Top Tier of States

SACRAMENTO, CA May 4, 2017 – Today the California State Senate overwhelmingly approved the Prime Time Primary Act, authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and sponsored by Secretary of State Alex Padilla, to shift the state’s presidential primary from near last to one of the first in the nation. The bill received bipartisan support, passing […]

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Secretary of State Padilla and Assemblymember Fletcher Announce Voting Modernization Bond Act of 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA, April 20, 2017 – California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) announced today Assembly Bill 668, the Voting Modernization Bond Act of 2018, which seeks $450 million to improve California’s voting systems. The funding would update aging equipment and also modernize how the state conducts elections to […]

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Bill to Move Up CA’s Presidential Primary Clears First Legislative Committee

SACRAMENTO, CA, April 18, 2017 – Legislation sponsored by California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and authored by State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to give California voters an earlier say in the Presidential Primary process was passed by the State Senate Committee on Elections and Constitutional Amendments today. SB 568 received bipartisan support, passing 5-0. […]